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
Phyllis Cuttino is the Director of the Pew Clean Energy Program - a project of the Pew Environment Group.
Cuttino has a background in politics, grassroots advocacy, and communications. Before joining the climate and energy campaign, Phyllis served as the Project Director for the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, which played a critical role in signing into law the first increase in fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years. A campaign veteran, Phyllis has served on presidential and statewide races. In Congress, she was on the senior staff for two United States Senators, Brock Adams (D-WA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). She has also worked as deputy director of a grassroots education effort with a presence in more than 30 Congressional districts.
In the private sector, Phyllis helped Fortune 500 companies, international and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations entities to impact public policy and increase awareness of critical issues as a Senior Vice President at a strategic communications consulting firm located in Washington, DC.
Cuttino was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University located in Greenville, South Carolina.