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
Lubber is the head of Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmental leaders working to improve corporate environmental, social, and governance practices. She also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk, an alliance of more than 70 institutional investors representing over $7 trillion in assets. INCR coordinates U.S. investor responses to the financial risks and opportunities posed by climate change.
Lubber has held leadership positions in government as the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency and in the financial services sector as founder, president, and CEO of Green Century Capital Management, an investment firm managing environmentally screened mutual funds. In the private sector, she has served as the president of an environmental law and policy consulting group; and in the not-for-profit sector she worked at environmental and public interest law organizations including the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.
Lubber is a lawyer and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She was recently voted one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance" by Directorship Magazine.