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
Tom Stricker is Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, and Energy and Environmental Research, for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Mr. Stricker is responsible for analyzing the impacts of energy and environmental policy on Toyota's future powertrain development, overseeing Toyota's energy and environmental regulatory activities, and providing technical support for Toyota's federal legislative affairs. In addition, he is a frequent speaker on Toyota's advanced technology strategy, energy and environmental policy, biofuels, and fuel economy, and has testified several times before Congress.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2001, Mr. Stricker served as Senior Products Associate at the American Petroleum Institute, focusing on regulatory and policy issues for the fuels and refining industries.
From 1989-2000, Mr. Stricker held various positions within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's mobile source emission program, including compliance, regulation and policy development.
Mr. Stricker currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Visiting Committee of the University of Maryland Mechanical Engineering Department, the Special Committee on Emerging Technologies at the Health Effects Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project, and EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.