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
Steve Bolze is the president and CEO of GE Power & Water, a world-leading provider of traditional and renewable power generation technology, as well as water and process technologies. He became a senior vice president in September 2008.
Bolze's GE career began in 1993 as the manager of Mergers and Acquisitions for GE Corporate Business Development. In 1995, he joined GE Energy in Schenectady, NY, as manager of Competitive Strategies and later became the product general manager for large steam turbines. He subsequently held several leadership roles in Energy Services including president and general manager of Energy Management Services.
In 2002, Bolze moved to GE Healthcare as the general manager for Functional and Molecular Imaging. In 2003, he was appointed a company officer and became vice president, Amersham Integration based in London. He then became president and CEO of GE Healthcare International based in Paris. He was named vice president, Power Generation in November 2005.
Bolze holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining GE, Bolze served as a management consultant for Corporate Decisions, Inc. and project manager for Westinghouse.