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  • ARPN’s McGroarty: Copper to the Rescue in Fight Against COVID-19, Future Pandemics?

    In a new piece for The Economic Standard, ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty zeroes in on the anti-microbial properties of Copper as a potential weapon in the fight against COVID-19 virus and future pandemics. We previously discussed the issue here and here.

    Read the full piece courtesy of The Economic Standard:

  • To Reduce Supply Chain Vulnerabilities, U.S. Should Tap Domestic Mineral Resources More

    Over the past few weeks, the spread of the coronavirus has begun to expose the supply chain challenges associated with an over-reliance on foreign raw materials, the effects of which will be felt across broad segments of manufacturing.

    In a new piece for PennLive Patriot-News, Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), takes a look at the United States’ Rare Earths supply chain — for which followers of ARPN will know that China is the elephant in the room — and calls for the United States to “start matching China’s industrial strategy” which means “tapping our domestic mineral resources.”

    Zeroing in on the issue from the renewable energy angle, Stumo points out that the coming surge in demand for the metals and minerals underpinning green energy technology  — electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels etc. — will be staggering, citing one estimate suggesting “that the stock of available minerals required for electric vehicles will need to increase by 87,000 percent [and t]he resources for solar panels will need to rise 1,000 percent; wind turbines, 3,000 percent.”

    Stumo argues that with China’s dominance in the mineral resource sector being strategic and allowing the regime in Beijing to levy power over global industries “Washington must stop turning a blind eye to such mercenary behavior, particularly when it includes forced labor camps, a disregard for environmental standards, and efforts to degrade U.S. industry.”

    Fortunately, even before the outbreak and ongoing spread of Covid-19 placing a magnifying glass over our resource dependencies, and against the backdrop of the nascent tech war between China and the United States U.S. stakeholders were beginning to take steps to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities, particularly for Rare Earths. 

    In July of last year, the Trump Administration invoked Title III of the 69-year old Defense Production Act to spur domestic REE development. The President issued five Presidential Determinations (PDs) permitting the use of Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authorities to strengthen the domestic industrial base and supply chain for light and heavy REEs, rare earth metals and alloys, neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) rare earth permanent magnets, and samarium cobalt (SmCo) rare earth permanent magnets.

    Other initiatives have made it into Title II of the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA) (S. 2657) a package consisting of several pieces of legislation currently pending in the U.S. Senate.

    With regards to Rare Earths specifically, Title II calls for the enactment of a program to “develop advanced separation technologies for the extraction and recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) and minerals from coal and coal byproducts,” and respective reporting to Congress. 

    Unlike some of our trading partners, we are in the fortunate position to be home to “vast, untapped geologic deposits worth an estimated $6.2 trillion.”  While we will not be able to meet all our mineral resource needs by solely relying on domestic resource development and processing, and will have to rely on trading with allies.  However, we can significantly reduce our vulnerabilities by maximizing our domestic resource potential and choosing allies over adversaries when it comes to sourcing from other nations. 

    As Stumo concludes:

    “Mining will remain essential for producing the next generation of advanced industries. Doing it here at home will protect the global environment while supporting good jobs in many domestic industries.”

  • Coronavirus Underscores Perils of Resource Dependence – A Look at Rare Earths

    While many first think of the human dimension and health implications of the recent outbreak and ongoing spread of the coronavirus — and quite rightly, given the potentially  fatal consequences — the crisis with pandemic potential has ramifications that reach far beyond the health sector. In a new piece for Tech Metal News, Shane Lasley takes a [...]
  • New USGS Methodology Identifies 23 Mineral Commodities at Greatest Risk to Supply Disruption

    A new risk tool developed by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners identifies 23 metals and minerals relevant to U.S. manufacturing that are at greatest risk to supply disruption. The methodology, entitled “Evaluating the Mineral Commodity Supply Risk of the U.S. Manufacturing Sector” and published in Science Advances was developed to help meet the [...]
  • A Mineral Resource Policy for 2020 – New Year’s Resolutions for Resource Policy Stakeholders

    We realize that New Year’s resolutions are somewhat controversial.  Some say, they‘re not worth the paper they’re written on – but we feel that whether or not we implement all of them, they offer a good opportunity to both step back to reflect and set goals as we look at the big picture ahead. And that [...]
  • 2019 in Review – Towards an “All-Of-The-Above” Approach in Mineral Resource Policy?

    We blinked, and 2020 is knocking on our doors. It’s been a busy year on many levels, and mineral resource policy is no exception. So without further ado, here’s our ARPN Year in Review. Where we began: In last year’s annual recap, we had labeled 2018 as a year of incremental progress, which had set [...]
  • Trade Publication Zeroes in on Over-Reliance on Critical Minerals, Cites ARPN’s McGroarty

    Against the backdrop of the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Presidential Executive Order on Critical Minerals, trade publication Industry Week discusses the issue of U.S. over-reliance on foreign mineral resources in its latest issue. Recounting some of the key steps taken by the federal government in recent months – i.e. last year’s  Department of the Interior [...]
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 10 – U.S. House Committee to Hold Hearing on “Research and Innovation to Address the Critical Materials Challenge”

    On Tuesday, December 10 — close to the two-year anniversary of the White House’s executive order “to develop a federal strategy to ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals” the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on “Research and Innovation to Address the Critical Materials Challenge.” The hearing comes against the backdrop of increased [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]