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
Kyle Danish advises a range of clients on environmental matters, with a special focus on corporate climate strategy, emissions trading-related transactions, and regulation under the Clean Air Act. His clients include electric generation, oil and gas, and mineral exploration companies, financial institutions, offset providers, manufacturers, industry coalitions, and think tanks.
Danish provides counsel to the Coalition for Emission Reduction Projects, a group of companies advocating for carbon offsets as a central part of a U.S. system regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The Coalition consists of companies from the energy, manufacturing, financial, and agricultural sectors. For more information, please see www.uscerp.org.
Danish was the only U.S. attorney recognized in the first band of worldwide climate change attorneys in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009, and one of only three attorneys listed in the first tier of national climate change lawyers in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008.
He is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles on global warming and emissions trading issues. Danish also has authored several commissioned research papers on climate change and energy policy.