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American Resources Policy Network
Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • Alaska Senate passes resolution in support of REE exploration

    Alaska continues to be a state leader when it comes to formulating mineral resource policy. In line with Gov. Sean Parnell’s five-part strategy to support the mining industry, the State Senate has passed a resolution in support of in-state Rare Earths exploration, which urges state agencies and the federal government to lend its support to the cause.

    According to Sen. Lesil McGuire, sponsor of the resolution:

    “The United States used to be almost self-sufficient in rare earth elements, but now we almost completely rely upon foreign sources for those important minerals. (…) We need to move now to become a dominant world player in the development of rare earth elements which are critical for military and economic security, as well as renewable energy systems.”

    Meanwhile, after years of stagnation – and against the backdrop of a cacophony of different definitions of what constitutes a critical mineral, as well as mixed signals coming from the U.S. government on mineral policy formulation – there are finally signs that the resource security issue is beginning to get the attention it deserves in Washington, DC. What is most encouraging, perhaps, is the fact that the increased focus on the issue transcends party lines, with legislation having been introduced by members of Congress from both major parties.

    In case you missed it, American Resources principal Daniel McGroarty testified on one such bill last week – click here to read more.

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  • Alaska maps state’s “mineral potential from the land and air”

    As the Juneau Empire’s Russell Stigall reports, the State of Alaska’s efforts to map Alaska’s “mineral potential from the land and air” are in full swing.

    Thanks to the state’s – and particularly Southeast Alaska’s – rich geology, state geologists, including Bob Swenson, state geologist and director of the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys for the U.S. Department of Natural Resources, see opportunities for production of many of the minerals for which the United States is 100 percent import dependent. That assessment comes in spite of the fact that only roughly “an eighth of the 40 million acres deemed as having a high potential of deposits” have been mapped at this point.

    The mapping efforts are in line with the State’s recently embraced five-pronged mineral resource strategy, which includes the following focal points:

    • Undertaking a statewide assessment of strategic minerals;
    • Providing incentives to develop known or highly-likely mineral occurrences;
    • Improving permitting to expedite responsible projects;
    • Strengthening partnerships and cooperation with other government entities, Alaska Native corporations and potential developers;
    • Attracting new investment and developing new markets for Alaska’s mineral resources.

    At a time when the rest of the world is off to the races when it comes to securing access to critical minerals, other states, and in fact federal policy makers, would be well-advised to take a cue from Alaska’s playbook – both from an economic and national security perspective.

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  • Alaska minerals expert joins American Resources panel

    We’re thrilled to announce that Curtis J. Freeman, president of Avalon Development Corporation, has joined the American Resources panel of issue experts. A U.S. Certified Professional Geologist and licensed geologist in the State of Alaska, Mr. Freeman founded Avalon Development Corporation, a mineral exploration consulting firm based in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1985. Mr. Freeman and [...]
  • House Oversight Committee threatens use of subpoena powers in case of the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed assessment

    As the Daily Caller reports, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform is stepping up the pressure on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the context of the agency’s controversial negative review of a potential mining project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay area. Reiterating a request made in May of 2012, when the EPA [...]
  • New Year’s Resolutions for U.S. Policymakers (Part 3)

    This is part three of American Resources’ three-part 2012 retrospective. Check out parts one here and two. Traditionally, the New Year is the time when people reflect on the past twelve months and formulate resolutions for the months ahead. As the first hours of 2013 have been dominated by the drama the Fiscal Cliff, our [...]
  • New Year’s Resolutions for U.S. Policymakers (Part 1)

    Traditionally, the New Year is the time when people reflect on the past twelve months and formulate resolutions for the months ahead. As the first hours of 2013 have been dominated by the drama the Fiscal Cliff, our Federal lawmakers may not have gotten around to focusing on other less publicized — but no less [...]
  • Dan McGroarty featured on the Glen Biegel Show

      American Resources Principal Dan McGroarty appeared on the Glen Biegel Show on Tuesday to discuss domestic mineral development and what the United States can do to take advantage of its critical metals, particularly in the resource-rich state of Alaska. Listen below.
  • American Resources principal discusses critical and strategic minerals with Juneau Empire

    Leading up to last Friday’s second Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit in Fairbanks, the Juneau Empire spoke with our very own Dan McGroarty, who had the honor to present alongside many distinguished members of Alaska’s State government and private sector representatives. The Juneau Empire’s Russell Stigall has summarized their conversation in an article highlighting [...]
  • American Resources Principal to speak at second annual Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit

    American Resources Principal Daniel McGroarty will address the audience at the second annual Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, this Friday, November 30th, on the issue of critical minerals and national security. Embedded in the context of the Parnell Administration’s five-part strategy to support the state’s mining industry, the day-long conference will [...]
  • Parnell Administration makes strides to implement resource strategy for Alaska

    Alaska Attorney General Daniel S. Sullivan gives an account of the state of the Parnell Administration’s five-part strategy to support the mining industry in a column for Petroleum News. This strategy, which was unveiled at the September 2011 Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit, comprises the following components: Undertaking a statewide assessment of strategic minerals; Providing [...]

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