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
Rich Deming facilitates the development of emerging energy projects and technologies at the Power Resource Group, and is the founding partner at Shift Equity, an environmental commodities trading firm created to leverage inefficiencies in REC markets. After receiving his master's in journalism at the University of Missouri, Rich started his career covering government at the statehouse level--watching how the sausage gets made--and then for a year in Budapest, Hungary. After many diversions--like working as a U.N election observer in Central America-- Rich settled into a career of serial entrepreneurialism, building a construction company in Florida before becoming fascinated with renewable energy and waste around 2001. He has been awarded patents, started biofuel cooperatives, and birthed several clean energy companies--some successful and some not-so-much, but all great learning experiences. Mostly, he has learned that the perfect is the enemy of the good, creating a feedstock from waste always feels nice and sometimes makes money, and extremism in defense of anything is usually just a bad idea.