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
James C. Collins, Jr. is president - DuPont Industrial Biosciences. He began his career in 1984 in DuPont Manufacturing.
He had various assignments at the Memphis, Savannah River, Charlotte, and Mobile plants in engineering, supervision, and business management. In 1993, Mr. Collins moved to Wilmington, Del., working in the Ag Sales & Marketing Group as a product manager, a distribution project leader, and as the farmer offering manager. In 1997, he moved to Belle, W.Va., where he served as site manager for the Crop Protection Products production facilities.
In 1999, he moved to St. Louis where he was involved in the integration of DuPont's acquisition of Protein Technologies International (PTI) and Pioneer Hi-Bred International. He held positions as director, identity preservation programs; director, Meat/Food - Industry Management; and director, Specialty Grains Programs where he worked for the overall Ag Enterprise responsible for Identity Preserved Grain projects and helping to develop future value added grain contracting.
Mr. Collins transferred to Hong Kong as the regional business director - Asia Pacific for DuPont Crop Protection and Pioneer and brought all of the elements of the seed and crop protection businesses together to support production agriculture in the Asia Pacific Region. He was named global sales director for Crop Protection in November 2002. In January 2004 he was named vice president and general manager - DuPont Crop Protection. In October 2009 he was named president - DuPont Crop Protection. In January 2011 he was named vice president - DuPont Acquisition Integration where he led the company's efforts to integrate Danisco into DuPont. He was named to his current position in May, 2011.
He has served on CropLife International's Crop Protection Strategy Council, CropLife Foundation's board of directors, and the National FFA Sponsor's Board.
Mr. Collins studied at Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tenn., and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He also received his MBA from the University of Delaware in Marketing with a focus on International Business. He has received an honorary America FFA Degree for his efforts to promote Ag education with youth in the United States.