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 E. Canes, PhD, is an authority on the economics of energy and climate policy. Dr. Canes currently works as a Distinguished Fellow at LMI, a not-for-profit government consultancy headquartered in McLean, VA. In addition to his work at LMI, he is an internationally known economist, having nearly 30 years of experience in energy and environmental economics. Before LMI, he was the vice president and chief economist at the American Petroleum Institute, where he guided efforts to deal with legislative and regulatory issues such as environmental requirements and fuels-related mandates. He has published numerous studies on climate policy and developed a method for estimating policy choice impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Canes was a co-author of Climate Change: What You Can Do Now (2011) and A Federal Leader's Guide to Climate Change: Policy, Adaptation, and Mitigation (2009). Dr. Canes is president of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) . He has a PhD in economics from the University of California-Los Angeles.