American Resources Policy Network
Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • Ukraine, Food Security, and Russia’s Imperial Reset

    American Resources readers will want to see what ARPN expert Chris Berry has to say about the potash sector in light of recent events in Ukraine.

    Now that Ukraine, formerly known as the “breadbasket of the Soviet Union,” has lost Crimea to the Russian Federation as Russian forces mass along its border, it’s time to wonder about the fate of another former republic of the USSR: neighboring Belarus – especially given Belarus’ position as a global leader in potash production.

    What will happen if Belarus is next on Vladimir Putin’s list? Everyone who consumes food has a stake in the outcome.

  • Bipartisan support strong for critical minerals reform

    In late January, I testified in support of S.1600 — the Critical Minerals Policy Act — before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Chaired by Senator Wyden and Ranking Member Murkowski. I focused on the lack of a clear definition of critical materials, on America’s inability to process many of the critical materials we actually have, the importance of materials research and development, and — a key issue for the manufacturing supply chain — the weak state of fundamental materials science education in the U.S.

    The Committee focused on the criticality of some materials, especially but not exclusively rare earths, to our weapon systems, and on the influence of China on availability of these materials. Written questions sent after the testimony have centered on ways in which the various federal agencies with interests in critical materials might actually work together toward improving critical materials availability. I’ve been involved in critical metals policy and research for a long while, and at a time when Congress seems to agree on very little, there appears to be strong bi-partisan support for the Critical Minerals Policy Act. Passage would be a strong sign that the U.S. Government understands that critical minerals access is key to our economic strength, technological progress, and national security.

    Dr. Latiff is Research Professor and Director of the Intelligence and Security Research Center at George Mason University. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006.

  • Food Security: The Rising Resource Challenge

    What’s the next major security challenge in this still-young 21st Century? ARPN Expert Chris Berry makes the case for food security, tracing demographic trends and the rise of billions of Planet Earth’s inhabitants from subsistence living to something approaching the middle-class lifestyle. Says Berry: “Phosphate, a mineral crucial for healthy crop growth, has been lost (…) more

  • Podesta’s Predicament: Dan McGroarty on the former Clinton chief of staff’s new appointment

    ARPN President Dan McGroarty examines John Podesta’s new appointment as special adviser to President Obama and what it means for future domestic environmental projects today on Real Clear World. Podesta previously served as chief of staff under Bill Clinton and founded the Center for American Progress. more

  • China’s growing love affair with Platinum and its implications for U.S. policy

    “It happens to all commodities. At one time or another, China falls in love with you and barring a drought or striking miners somewhere, your price becomes dependent on Chinese mood swings” – that’s the conclusion drawn by Forbes contributor Kenneth Rapoza, who zeroes in on China’s growing love affair with Platinum. An extremely rare (…) more

  • Greenland’s mining decisions likely to refuel race for Arctic riches

    In what may become a groundbreaking decision, Greenland’s parliament has voted to lift a long-standing ban on uranium mining, opening the door to Rare Earths exploration and development in the Artic territory. A-semi-autonomous part of Denmark, Greenland is hoping this decision and the expected industrial boom will bring it closer to achieving economic and ultimately (…) more

  • Bipartisan critical minerals bill introduced in U.S. Senate

    A group of seventeen U.S. senators has introduced legislation aimed at addressing the United States’ mineral supply issues. The bill, titled Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, was put forth by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and the Ranking Member of the committee, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), both of whom were (…) more

  • American Resources Policy Network announces new Advisor on Advanced Materials

    Investment Intelligence Site Head Assumes Expanded Role Within ARPN WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Resources Policy Network has
 announced that Tracy Weslosky, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for InvestorIntel, a global investment source for the resource, energy and technology sectors, and a member of the American Resources Policy Network panel of experts, will expand her role at (…) more

  • “A case study in critical metals inaction” – ARPN’s McGroarty on Rhenium

    In a new piece for Investor Intel, our very own Dan McGroarty sounds the alarm on a little-noticed but troubling passage in the U.S. House-passed Defense Authorization Act for 2014.  Said section in Title III acknowledges the importance of Tungsten and Molybdenum powders, including Tungsten Rhenium (WRe) wire to a variety of Department of Defense (…) more

  • Caterpillar sales down as policy makers dawdle on minerals policy

    A sobering story comes to us via Reuters, which reports that Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc’s release of dealer sales data this week shows continuing weak demand, with sales down nine percent compared to last year. Ongoing weak demand has led the world’s largest maker of mining and construction equipment to slash its workforce by eight (…) more