American Resources Policy Network
Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • 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 own Daniel McGroarty explains in his latest column for Real Clear World that because the United Nations’ Law of the Sea Treaty (LoST) would govern any deep-sea mining projects, the technical challenge is “bean-bag compared to the bureaucratic gauntlet of obtaining permission to drill in the world’s open oceans.”

    McGroarty questions the nature of the LoST:

    All of which raises the question: Is Law of the Sea Treaty, as critics contend, a nefarious global socialist experiment conferring on the UN the power to control and redistribute a vast swath of the world’s resource wealth, or an impenetrable bureaucratic shield to ensure no one ever extracts so much as an ounce of kilogram of that wealth?

    Curious about McGroarty’s answer?  Read it here, and find out “Why the World’s Mineral Wealth is LoST at Sea.”

  • American Resources expert panel continues to grow

    We have been fortunate to be able to announce several additions to the American Resources panel of experts recently, and this week is no exception:

    Dr. Robert Latiff, a retired U.S Air Force Major General, is Research Professor and Director of the Intelligence and Security Research Center at George Mason University.  In May, Dr. Latiff testified before the U.S House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on the subject of “Domestic Minerals Supplies and Demands in a Time of Foreign Supply Disruption.”

    Dr. Corby G. Anderson, a professionally registered engineer with nearly 32 years of experience in process, chemical and metallurgical engineering, engineering services, currently serves as Harrison Western Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering for the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Anderson was recently named a Fellow of the London-based Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

    To learn more about their work, and our other panelists, visit our experts page.

  • Investors fear looming resource wars

    Arguing that China’s near-total rare earths monopoly is only the tip of the iceberg and an indicator of what’s to come, Michael A. Barry’s most recent edition of Morning Notes (a free subscription bulletin from DiscoveryInvesting), discusses “The Coming Resource Wars.” Barry quotes our very own Daniel McGroarty, who has said: But the Rare Earths [...]
  • What the Auto Industry, Rare Earth Elements have in Common

    In a June 27 piece from Business Insider, Jim Powell, a technology and strategic metals analyst with Laurentian Bank Securities, attempts to clear up the confusion over the future supply and demand of critical metals. His interview with The Critical Metals Report highlights the struggle between China and the rest of the world over Rare [...]
  • Dear Congress: Metals and minerals matter now

    It is easy to pity the U.S. policymaker, who has more than a few crises to cope with, but America can no longer afford to push aside the critical issue of metals and minerals.  Decisions made now — or inaction, which is a decision in itself — will shape our economic competitiveness and national security [...]