American Resources Policy Network
Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • American Resources experts to speak at international graphite conference

    American Resources Principal Daniel McGroarty will speak alongside fellow American Resources expert and Manager for Industrial Minerals Data, Simon Moores, at Industrial Minerals’ 2nd Graphite Conference 2012 in early December.

    In light of its traditional uses, its importance for the new Li-ion technology, and the ostensibly endless potential applications for the “new super material graphene,” the international graphite market has seen a boom in recent years. However, with China not only dominating global graphite supply but also holding all of the spherical graphite processing technology, supply issues loom large.

    The event, which will take place on Dec. 5 and 6 in London, reflects the growing relevance of graphite, and will address questions “surrounding whether or not graphite can fulfill its predicted potential as one of the most lucrative and highly used minerals of the next decade.”

    Click here for more information on the 2nd Graphite Conference 2012.

  • Mark your calendars – Strategic Minerals Conference 2012

    If you haven’t lived under a rock lately (pun intended), you are probably aware of the fact that there is growing concern regarding the supply of mineral resources. While American Resources has consistently argued that the U.S. has subjected itself to a troubling degree of non-fuel mineral import dependency, which is often greater than our dependence on foreign oil, the public debate is only just beginning.

    The Strategic Minerals Conference 2012, taking place on June 6, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC will look at the issue of critical mineral supply through the prism of “Private Markets, Public Policy, and National Security.” During this one-day conference, panelists and keynote speakers will address the geo-politics of resource supply, the breadth of our critical mineral needs, as well as the roles the public and private sectors can and must play in the maximization of our domestic mineral resource potential.

    What:      Strategic Minerals Conference 2012
    When:     June 6, 2012, all-day event
    Where:   Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
    Who:       U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, 6th District of Colorado
    U.S. Congressman Marc Amodei, 2nd District of Nevada
    U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska (via video message)
    Major General Robert Latiff, Dir. of the Intelligence and Security
    Research Center, George Mason University
    Kathy Benedetto, U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

    as well as members of the American Resources Policy Network Panel of Experts and many other industry and public policy experts.

    How:       This is a closed event, but interested parties can request an invitation
    by email via StrategicMineralsConference@gmail.com.

    During the conference, American Resources principal Daniel McGroarty will also discuss the findings of a forthcoming study entitled: “Reviewing Risk: The American Resources Policy Network Report on Critical Metals and National Security.”

    For more information including related video from some of the conference participants, and an updated agenda as the event date draws closer visit www.strategicmineralsconference.com.

  • “Not even the likes of Jason Bourne can save us”

    In his latest RealClear World column, American Resources principal Daniel McGroarty takes on the latest book in the “Jason Bourne series” – the “Bourne Dominion.” No, you’re not on the wrong blog – this is not a book club. The plot of the book actually involves a group of terrorists set on destroying the only [...]
  • Marcus Evans Military Energy Alternatives Conference

    American Resources leader Dan McGroarty will be attending the 7th Annual Military Energy Alernatives Conference in Tysons Corner, VA on March 6-8. The conference will discuss how the Department of Defense is implementing renewable technology to achieve energy efficiency and security at the operational level, as well as how renewable energy can be applied more [...]
  • From rare earths to rare metals: Molymet takes a stake in Molycorp

    American Resources followers know their Rare Earths from their rare metals, and that distinction is key to understanding a strategic investment that’s getting a lot of attention right now: Molymet of Chile’s $390 million investment in Molycorp, the U.S. Rare Earths miner. But while most analysts are looking for the commercial synergies in the deal, [...]
  • Supply, Demand, and the March of Science

    Just when American Resources has read its thousandth story on companies substituting around scare metals like the Rare Earths to reduce usage, along comes this Platts report on a new discovery in Russia’s RUSAL research labs, working in conjunction with a team from the Siberian Federal University.  Scientists there have fabricated a new aluminum alloy [...]
  • Our Looming Metals Deficiency

    BusinessWeek today reports the findings of a new study by PwC predicting chronic shortages of 14 metals and minerals critical to major industrial sectors ranging from chemicals and  aviation to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.  Lithium, American Resources’ metal of the month, makes the list.  The report, based on a survey of [...]
  • New study sounds cautionary note on seabed mining prospects

    Much was made of a recent discovery of significant rare earth deposits on the seabed of the Pacific Ocean. Some were even heralding the beginning of the end of China’s rare earth near-total monopoly. Lending credibility to those cautioning against this sentiment, a new Canadian-led study published in the journal Geology concludes that “accessible supplies [...]
  • EPA Urged to Oppose Wind, Solar Power

    Well, you won’t see that headline atop of pieces like this one in the Alaskan press, but it’s a logical extension of policy actions like the one proposed to stop a copper/gold/molybdenum mine in Alaska.  In this case, we’re told that we can either allow the mine to proceed – or we can save the [...]
  • U.S., EU and Japan to Hold “Rare Earths Supply Summit”

    Reuters reports that concern over the supply shortage of key Rare Earths elements has led policymakers in the U.S., the EU and Japan to schedule an early October meeting in Washington.  According to a U.S. Government source: Experts and officials will discuss …how to team up to develop high-tech goods – such as electric car [...]