Energy & Environment: Markey Wants Answers on Rare Earths
• Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., "is pressing the Obama administration for information about alleged Chinese restrictions on the export of rare earth minerals used in defense and energy technologies, warning of threats to U.S. interests," The Hill reports.
• "Three months after BP capped its runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Louisiana is still building a chain of sand berms off its coast to block and capture oil even as federal officials and many scientists argue that the effort will prove pointless," the New York Times reports.
• An Idaho couple has "sued the state to stop the shipments by Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips" to an oil sands site in Canada, "arguing that the" truck loads delivered there "would threaten the integrity of Idaho's historic portion of U.S. 12, as well as the safety of communities that depend on it as the main road in and out of the area," the Times also reports. "National environmental groups and climate change activists are supporting their efforts, seeing a broader opportunity to stall development of Canada's oil sands, which they denounce as a dirty source of energy. "
• "Combating climate change has long taken a back seat to coal production in West Virginia, but in the hard-fought House race in this state's 1st district, global warming hasn't even made it onto the bus," The Hill reports. "In interviews on Thursday, both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Congress voiced skepticism of the science behind global warming, and the Republican, David McKinley, flatly called concerns about climate change 'an attack on coal.'"
Biography provided by participant
Jennifer L. Morgan is the Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute.
Prior to WRI, she worked at E3G from October 2006 until August 2009 as its Global Climate Change Director, where she lead the organization's climate change work on its full range of global activities. Morgan focused most of her time on EU relations with China and the United States and continued her long-standing involvement in the global discussions on the future of the climate regime post-2012. She remains a non-executive Board member of E3G.
In 2007, she served as Senior Advisor to the German Chancellor's Chief Advisor, Dr. Schellnhuber and since 2008 advises former Prime Minister Tony Blair in his Breaking the Climate Deadlock project.
Prior to joining E3G, Jennifer Morgan led the Global Climate Change Programme of Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), present in over 30 countries around the world. She joined WWF in July 1998 and headed its delegation to the Kyoto Protocol climate negotiations. Jennifer formulated and advocated climate change policies on the international and national level and directed WWF's science, business and communications efforts, acting as chief spokesperson for the organization on climate change. She has also served on a number of Boards including the Climate Action Network, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership and REN21.
Before joining WWF, Morgan worked for the US Climate Action Network, a network of over 200 environmental groups worldwide with eight regional offices working on global climate change. She took a leave of absence from CAN in 1996 to accept a fellowship with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany. During her year in Germany she worked for the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future and for the Federal Ministry of Environment, supporting the head of the German delegation to the UN climate change negotiations.
She has a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Political Science and Germanic Studies and a Masters of Art from the School of International Service, The American University in International Affairs.