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 McAdams has successfully managed and grown an association of 32 advanced biofuels companies that have come to be the leading voice in the biofuels industry. He has testified before Congress and the executive agencies and has been quoted in national and international publications. He has also keynoted a number of advanced biofuels forums across the country and was recently one the guest participants at the invitation-only ResourcePoint 2010 - VantagePoint Cleantech Summit in Sundance, Utah as well as the prestigious Wharton Business School's Energy Conference 2010.
On June 21, 2010, Mr. McAdams was asked to speak at the House Agriculture Committee Bioenergy Forum on a panel where he successfully advocated that Congress focus on drafting legislation that recognizes the need for technology neutrality, feedstock sustainability and parity on incentives. In 2008, Mr. McAdams was also asked to serve as an energy and climate facilitator for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. His leadership at such events and his dedication to the success of the advanced biofuels industry has put the ABFA and its member companies in a unique position to help educate the federal government of the tremendous benefits in investing in advanced biofuels.