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.'"
Margaret Kriz Hobson
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Margaret Kriz Hobson is the energy and environmental correspondent for the National Journal and moderates an Expert Blog on those issues at energy.nationaljournal.com. Kriz Hobson joined the magazine in 1987 after writing about environmental issues for the Bureau of National Affairs newsletter company and covering the Chicago suburbs for the Chicago Tribune.
From 2005 to 2006, Kriz Hobson was a Nieman Foundation Journalism Fellow at Harvard. She writes a federal column for the Environmental Law Institute's Environmental Forum magazine, and she's served on the boards of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. In 2002, American Journalism Review named Kriz Hobson one of Washington journalism's "unsung heroes."