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  • Sen. Murkowski, Panelists, Underscore Urgency of Securing Critical Mineral Supply Chains

    “With our eyes wide open, we are putting ourselves in the same vulnerable position [as we did with oil and gas decades ago] when it comes to these [critical] minerals,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told the audience at “Minerals: The Overlooked Foundation of Our Future,” an event organized by RealClearPolitics in partnership with our friends at the National Mining Association earlier today.

    Sen. Murkowski, who keynoted the event, added that while we have the resources, “we put hurdles in our own way extracting them and have clearly stepped aside [...] any leadership role in being able to process these minerals.”

    During the panels preceding Sen. Murkowski’s keynote, issue experts – including ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty — explored policy questions surrounding the importance of minerals, and ways to tackle the challenge of securing ever-complex critical mineral supply chains. Panelists, including two White House officials, emphasized the need to invest in the U.S. critical mineral knowledge base and workforce, the need for flexibility to account for breakthroughs in materials science which may change underlying dynamics, and for market awareness.

    Underscoring the urgency of the situation, Daniel McGroarty said “we can’t admire the problem anymore. We don’t have the luxury of time,” arguing that once supply chains are formed, “it’s very difficult to break them, and this will have national security consequences for us.” McGroarty suggested that the application of an “all-of-the-above” approach we’ve come to know from the energy policy discourse – in the context of working toward “resource independence,” a focus on new mining, recycling and reclamation of new minerals from old mine tailings — could be useful in formulating policy solutions for our critical mineral woes, and to reclaim our leadership role, from which “we have clearly – clearly stepped away” according to Sen. Murkowski.

    Video of entire full event is available here. Be sure to click on video “2 of 2″ to watch the stream.

  • Event Alert –  ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty Panelist at “Minerals: The Overlooked Foundation of Our Future”

    If you’re in Washington, DC this week, mark your calendar:  On Wednesday of this week, RealClearPolitics, in partnership with our friends at the National Mining Association, will be convening issue experts and stakeholders to discuss Minerals: The Overlooked Foundation of Our Future.

    U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is a leader in the realm of critical mineral issues, will be keynoting the event. 

    Her address, and subsequent panel discussions will “explore how – despite the importance of minerals to our technology, defense, energy and manufacturing supply chains – the industry’s importance is often overlooked by consumers who take for granted that certain materials will always be available. (…)”

    The event seeks to further explore “policy questions surrounding the importance of minerals, and how the nation’s manufacturing sector, national defense and even green energy technologies depend on a healthy domestic minerals mining industry and improved access to domestic minerals.”

    Here’s the lineup for the event, which includes ARPN principal Daniel McGroarty:

    Featured Discussion
    - Q&A with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

    Panel One: The Importance of Minerals to Our National Security & Economy
    - Steven Fortier, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy
    - Casey Hammond, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land & Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
    - Drew Horn, Associate Director of Policy, Office of the Vice President of the United States
    - Melissa Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

    Panel Two: The Manufacturing and Trade Challenge
    - Robbie Diamond, Founder, President and CEO, Securing America’s Future Energy
    - Emily Hersh, Managing Partner, DCDB Group
    - David Livingston, Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Atlantic. Council
    - Dan McGroarty, Principal, Carmot Strategic Group

    The event will be held at Charlie Palmer Steak DC. Doors open at 7:30 AM and the event will begin at 8:00 AM. To RSVP click here or email rsvp@realclearpolitics.com

    If you can‘t make it, you can follow the action via live stream here.  
    If you‘d like to follow along via Twitter, the hashtag for the event is #MineralsRCP.

  • India and the Tech Wars: Ripple Effects of the Confrontation over Who Will Dominate the 21st Century Tech Age

    While most of the headlines regarding the trade war between the United States and China — and, for ARPN followers, the underlying tech war over who which country will dominate the 21st Century Technology Age — focus on the main players in Washington, DC and Beijing, the ripple effects of this confrontation can be felt [...]
  • Against Backdrop of Tech Wars, Russia Seeks to Boost Footprint in Africa

    As the tech wars deepen, the United States is — finally — taking important first steps to secure critical mineral resource supply chains both domestically and through cooperative agreements with allied nations like Australia and Canada.  But while the U.S. gears into action, the global scramble for resources is in full swing.  Case in point:  [...]
  • Lithium: Battery Arms Race Powers R&D Efforts in Quest for Domestic Mineral Resources

    As the “tech wars” gear up and the “battery arms race” shifts in to higher gears, efforts to promote the securing of domestic critical mineral supply chains are not only underway in policy circles in Washington, DC, but in the private sector as well.  Companies including the world’s top diversified miners are intensifying their R&D efforts [...]
  • Uranium: From “Benign Neglect” to a Smart Strategy?

    In a recent piece for the Washington Times, ARPN panel of expert member and author of “Groundbreaking!: America’s New Quest for Mineral Independence,” Ned Mamula and columnist and consultant for FreedomWorks Stephen Moore zero in on Uranium. Embedding the discussion in the context of American mining and production of critical minerals in recent decades being “a self-inflicted wound [...]
  • Against Backdrop of Battery Arms Race, Chemists Receive Nobel Prize for Work on Lithium-Ion Technology

    Critical minerals are a hot button issue.  Materials that long seemed obscure like Rare Earths, Lithium, Cobalt, Graphite, and Nickel have entered the mainstream and are making headlines every day.   Against the backdrop of the ongoing materials science revolution and the intensifying battery arms race, it is only fitting that this month, three pioneers of Lithium-ion battery technology [...]
  • Are we Ready for the Tech Metals Age? Thoughts on Critical Minerals, Public Policy and the Private Sector

    Earlier this week, ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty shared his views on the coming tech metal age and its policy implications at In the Zone 2019 – Critical Materials: Securing Indo-Pacific Technology Futures – a conference hosted in cooperation with the University of Western Australia to look at critical mineral resource issues through the prism of the [...]
  • Canada and U.S. to Draft “Joint Action Plan” on Rare Earths / Critical Minerals

    After years of missed opportunities to prioritize mineral resource policy, the U.S. government is stepping up its efforts to secure critical mineral resource supply chains.   The latest case in point is the drafting of a “joint action plan” with our neighbors to the North to reduce reliance on Chinese supplies of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) — which, [...]
  • ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty to Present at In the Zone 2019 Critical Materials: Securing Indo-Pacific Technology Futures

    It’s a brave new world. With critical materials supporting everything from household gadgets to 21st Century tech applications across virtually all industries, as well as the technologies underpinning our transition to a green energy future, stakeholders all across the globe are faced with ever-growing challenges associated with securing mineral resource supply chains. This week, roughly [...]