Reinventing Our Domestic Minerals Supply Chain in a Post-Pandemic World

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM Event Description

The past year has laid bare the myriad problems associated with the U.S.’ overreliance on mineral imports and adversarial approach to domestic mineral production. U.S. mineral import reliance has more than doubled over the past 25 years while mineral demand for key technologies and industries is soaring. Whether through global shutdowns imposed by countries holding the position as a lead supplier of a key commodity or trade tensions with geopolitical rivals, multiple threats have emerged to American industry’s ability to get the minerals needed for energy, technology, medical and manufacturing supply chains. Congress has taken note with a flurry of key pieces of legislation intended to support minerals mining in the U.S. This roundtable will discuss the severity of the challenge in the U.S., the increasing demands that lie ahead, the policy solutions that are within reach, and how the election may impact it all.

Most Recent Articles

Murkowski: Lag in Critical Minerals Makes U.S. Vulnerable - Phil Wegmann, RCP

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Murkowski: U.S. Made Vulnerable by Lag in Key Mineral Extraction - Philip Wegmann

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Mining Regulations Hamper Access to America's Own Rare Earth Metals and Minerals William F. Shughart II - William F. Shughart II, Independent Institute

Trump's legislation will offset the regulatory barriers but will likely incite retaliation from our trading partners....

Minerals essential for national security - J. Winston Porter, The Hill

The U.S. relies on imports for 93 percent of its uranium needs, and dependence on foreign nuclear-fuel is expected to grow....

Cut mining red tape to secure America - Hal Quinn, Washington Examiner

America is more vulnerable today than it should be thanks to U.S. dependence on foreign minerals. The good news is that without resorting to government interventions such as tariff...

The Mining Law produces vital domestic minerals. Why undermine it? - Ann Bridges & Ned Mamula, Washington Examiner

Does America stand for self-reliance and innovative discovery of critical minerals for our economy and national defense and security? Or will Congress drive the fatal stake through...

A Critical Moment for U.S. Industrial Policy - John Adams, Morning Consult

As a result of complacency and inattention, we are now alarmingly dependent on imports -- often from strategic rivals like China and Russia -- for these essential materials....

America's Achilles' Heel: Mineral import reliance on China - Dr. Jim Constantopoulos, Ruidoso News

New legislation introduced in the Senate, The Minerals Security Act, is a promising step in the right direction....

Mine US minerals — don't undermine them - Ned Mamula, The Hill

The economic health and national security of our nation now depend on reducing our growing reliance on China,...

Letter: Mining law does not need reform - Hal Quinn, Arizona Daily Star

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We import key minerals needed for US defense — that's a security problem - J. Winston Porter, The Hill

d=Dysprosium, lanthanum and cerium, which are critical to building laser-guidance systems for weapons, jet-fighter engines, anti-missile defense systems and smart bombs....

Readers React: Why updating the 1872 Mining Act with environmental regulations is unnecessary - Hal Quinn, Los Angeles Times

To the editor: The op-ed article, Why let mining companies rip up public land like it's 1872?...

Balancing America's environment, mining and the Green New Deal - Ned Mamula, The Hill

By complying with the Minerals Policy Act, the U.S. can once increase mineral production needed to reduce our current dangerous reliance on foreign minerals, become a dominant mine...

Lawmakers must find common ground to support the defense-industrial base - Jeffery A. Green, DefenseNews

Although neither side will get everything they want, legislators have many opportunities to advance priorities that matter to everyone, including support for U.S. manufacturing and...

For electric cars, you need minerals - Dr. Jim Constantopoulos, Santa Fe New Mexican

The need for lithium, cobalt, aluminum, copper and nickel is expected to soar as the manufacture of electric vehicles increases....

Rebuild the US minerals supply chain before it's too late - John Adams, DefenseNews

China could cripple America's industrial supply chain by placing an embargo on minerals and metals exports. This national security issue needs resolved immediately....

To reduce China's leverage, rebuild America's minerals supply chain - Mark J. Perry, The Hill

Astoundingly, we are completely import-dependent for dozens of critical minerals. Who's our largest supplier? China....

America's critical minerals problem has gone from bad to worse - Jeffery A. Green, DefenseNews

Without access to such minerals, our precision-guided missiles will not hit their targets, our aircraft and submarines will sit unfinished in depots, and our war-fighters will be l...

Without reform, wave goodbye to electric vehicle and battery manufacturing jobs as they go overseas - Mark J. Perry, Washington Examiner

The race is on to produce and acquire the raw materials that are the building blocks for electric vehicles and their batteries. Car and battery manufacturers the world over are loc...