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.'"
Maggie L. Fox
Biography provided by participant
Maggie L. Fox is a veteran of numerous political, environmental and national issue campaigns and has over 30 years of experience mobilizing people to work for progressive change.
Maggie is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, formerly known as the Alliance for Climate Protection. Since joining the group in early 2009, Maggie has led a campaign to help citizens around the world discover the truth about the climate crisis and take meaningful steps to bring about change. Along with former Vice President Gore, Maggie has participated in training hundreds of climate educators from around the world, most recently in Beijing, China and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Maggie has served on the boards of numerous environmental and women's organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Green Fund and was honored by the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment as the 2010 Woman of the Year.
Maggie is past National President of America Votes, a progressive coalition of over 40 organizations spearheading the largest voter mobilization and education effort in the nation. America Votes and its national partner organizations worked in 12 targeted states in 2006 to engage and mobilize voters on a broad range of issues, including the economy, health care, the environment and education.
Maggie spent 20 years working at the Sierra Club, including five years as its Deputy Executive Director. She led numerous federal, state and regional policy efforts on climate change, energy policy, Western public lands and water, Native American natural resource issues, and agricultural reform, as well as outreach efforts in the broader progressive community.
Maggie has consulted with a number of organizations and foundations on their energy and climate campaigns, including the Hewlett Foundation, the Western Conservation Foundation, the Energy Future Coalition, and Western Resource Advocates.
Maggie began her career as a teacher and community organizer on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations of Arizona and New Mexico and worked for the Colorado, North Carolina and Northwest Outward Bound Schools for more than a decade. She earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina, a Masters in Education from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. with an emphasis in Environmental Law and Native America Natural Resources Law from Northwestern School of Law.
Maggie lives with her husband in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado. They have two children.