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
Michael J. Bradley is the Managing Director and founder of M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC, a strategic environmental consulting firm based on Concord, Massachusetts. Bradley assists private industry, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in establishing and meeting environmental goals and in developing business strategies to take advantage of emerging market opportunities. In addition, Bradley works with various advanced technology firms assisting with the development of business plans to achieve successful market entry.
Bradley is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. BEST is the Academy's principal study unit for environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment. Previously he had served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Assessment of U.S. Air Quality Management, the U.S. EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee as well as various EPA, and state advisory groups focused on air quality and climate change issues. Bradley also serves on the Board of a variety of environmental advocacy and environmental policy organizations.
Bradley is the founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Group, which consists of electric generating companies committed to working with policy makers to promote effective environmental policy options in the areas of air quality and climate change.
Prior to founding MJB&A, Bradley was Executive Director of Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) for 12 years. During his tenure, Bradley played a lead role in shaping the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, in the adoption of clean car and clean fuel programs, in the formation of the Ozone Transport Commission, in founding the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium and in the development of regional strategies to address air toxic emissions. For a period of time Bradley also has worked for state environmental agencies and for the British Department of the Environment.
Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Boston College and a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Management from the University of Washington.