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  • 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 rare earths mine in the U.S.. Only Jason Bourne can save the U.S. from China extending its “dominion” over these highly critical minerals – hence our interest in the book.

    While probably making for an entertaining read (and I have to admit, I haven’t read the book yet), McGroarty laments that, in spite of the fact that China indeed has a near-total monopoly on global rare earths supply, and shutting down the only domestic mine really would indeed represent a serious problem, the plot is “simply not credible.”

    The reality, while far more boring, is that it doesn’t take a terrorist network blowing up a mine to stop a major U.S. mining project. As McGroarty points out:

    [A]ny group opposed to U.S. interests would simply need an anti-mining activist, a Wi-Fi connection and the email addresses of a few federal, state and local bureaucrats. A thousand Jason Bournes with arms-linked around the mine pit would be no match for a well-aimed question about an errant comma on page 15 of Appendix D-3 of any one of the scores of permitting documents required to bring a modern mine online in the U.S. today.

    The just-released annual Behre Dolbear “Country Rankings for Mining Investment” report, underscores the fact that the U.S. while having gained a point in the ranking, still has the dubious honor of being tied with Papua New Guinea for having the lengthiest permitting process of the 25 major mining nations evaluated in the report.

    Concludes McGroarty:

    In our world, as in Bourne’s, other countries step in to seize advantage when and where they can. Unless we streamline a process perennially judged to be the mining world’s worst, the U.S. will be begging or buying critical metals of all kinds from whatever countries continue to mine them, using whatever standards – or lack thereof – to pull them out of the ground.

    Ultimately, McGroarty says, only U.S. policy makers could save the day. But who would go out and by that book?

  • 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 [...]
  • American Resources Expert Column: Mineral riches ‘LoST’ at sea

    Citing a lack of technological and economic feasibility, experts, including American Resources expert Gareth Hatch, recently dispelled a myth created by some journalists that the solution to China’s stranglehold on rare earths lies in a REE discovery below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.  However, technical issues are just part of the story. Our very [...]