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
Regina Hopper is President and CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance, which is dedicated to increasing appreciation of the environmental, economic and national security benefits of clean, abundant and affordable North American natural gas. From engaging in climate change and energy policy debates to reaching out to state electric utilities and other key stakeholders, Regina promotes the pivotal role that natural gas can play in the low-carbon future--fueling innovative solutions for cleaner, smarter energy.
An Emmy Award-winning former network news correspondent and veteran of top Washington trade associations, Regina comes to ANGA after serving eight years as Executive Vice President of the United States Telecom Association, where she worked to promote the importance of broadband deployment and adoption across America. In addition to overseeing internal operations, Regina managed USTelecom's national advocacy through compelling advertising, grassroots and social media campaigns.
Regina joined USTelecom after serving as Executive Vice President of the American Trucking Associations and heading its Advocacy Division. Prior to joining ATA, Regina served as Senior Vice President of Litigation Communications at Arlington, VA-based Weber McGinn, where she provided strategic counsel in high-profile, mass-tort litigation.
Prior to her work at Weber McGinn, Regina reported for CBS News; first out of its New York bureau, where she reported for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather among other programs, and then at the Washington Bureau, where she covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, as well as administration issues on Capitol Hill. Before entering the field of journalism, Regina practiced corporate securities law.