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
Kate Offringa is CEO of the Council of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association and also the president and CEO for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA).
Prior to joining NAIMA, Offringa was Director of Market Transformation for The Alliance to Save Energy where she was responsible for domestic and international programs for energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Read more.
Offringa serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials, and the National Home Performance Council. She is a member of the steering committees of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, the Building Codes Assistance Project and the Responsible Energy Codes Alliance. Offringa received her Master of Arts degree in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She received her B.A. degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire in political science and international affairs.