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
Tim Peckinpaugh's practice focuses on energy, environmental and natural resource legislative and funding issues.
Tim came to the firm in 1985 from Capitol Hill, where he had five year's experience as a professional staff aide to the House Science Committee, former U.S. Congressman Sid Morrison (R-WA), and the Republican Study Committee. While on the Hill, he focused on energy, natural resource, science, technology, and defense issues.
Tim has represented clients for over twenty-five years in all aspects of energy policy, including nuclear, hydroelectric, coal, and a variety of clean technology and energy efficiency issues. He currently represents a leading association, major corporations, and start-up companies on clean technology policy issues, such as advanced biofuels, solar energy, fuel cells, and clean coal technology. He also represents several major international corporations, national laboratories, prominent trade associations, and local communities on Department of Energy nuclear cleanup and contracting issues. In addition, Tim represents universities, regional chambers of commerce, and companies from the Pacific Northwest on appropriations, healthcare, grant funding, and economic development opportunities.
Tim provides technical, appropriations, and legislative drafting services to several clients and counsels many of the firm's clients on campaign finance, lobbying, and governmental ethical issues. Finally, he is a previous chair of the firm's public policy group and currently manages the K&L Gates Political Action Committee, one of the largest law firm PACs in the country.