American Resources Policy Network
Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • Terminology matters – Clearing up the REE confusion

    As they are a hot commodity right now, talking about Rare Earths Elements is en vogue these days. As fascinating as they are, the terminology associated with this group of minerals composed of the fifteen lanthanoid elements plus Scandium and Yttrium remains confusing to many.

    To clarify things, American Resources expert and Technology Metals Research co-founder Gareth Hatch has put together a helpful “Refresher on the Basics” of REE-terminology on his website.

    Clearly, word choices matter. Says Hatch:

    “As I always tell people – just make sure that you understand exactly which definitions a particular company is using, when looking at reported data which use one or more of the group names described above. In the meantime, let’s hope that certain of my fellow commentators on the rare-earth sector start to get the hang of the basic terminology for these materials…”

    Read the full article here.

  • The potential of American strategic metals

    A piece on the investment blog SeekingAlpha addresses the flawed perception that “the U.S. exhausted the bulk of its mineral deposits during its rapid phase of industrial growth and is now buying what it needs from countries like China out of sheer necessity,” and laments the fact that the United States’ mineral resource dependency was not a hotly contested issue leading up to November’s elections.

    Referencing presentations by Gareth Hatch’s partner at Technology Metals Research, Jack Lifton, and other speakers at October’s Best of Breed Natural Resource Conference hosted by Murdock Capital, the piece stresses the importance of not only “maintaining a domestic supply of industrial metals, but also the need to preserve institutional memory within American mining.”

    Speakers at the event argued that in the area of American strategic metals, there are “solid companies with highly attractive fundamentals.” They pointed to promising operations by three companies specifically, which focused on Copper, Nickel, Platinum and Palladium, Rare Earths, Vanadium.

    Thanks to the resources beneath our own soil, the United States’ mineral potential is vast, but we are still far from maximizing it. Obstacles, especially in the form of regulatory challenges, remain. However, as Seeking Alpha argues:

    “If any vestiges of the lumbering bureaucracy of government have caught on to the importance and profitability of such enterprises, it is undoubtedly a good sign. As the three companies prepare for production, they stand as intriguing long-term value plays for the risk tolerant investor.”

  • American Resources expert hosts upcoming webinar

    Our colleagues over at Technology Metals Research (TMR) — home of ARPN Expert Dr. Gareth Hatch — are hosting a free, content-packed technical webinar on rare earths, featuring not one but FOUR of the industry’s top technical experts. You can see who they are and reserve your spot by clicking here. Here are just a [...]
  • Experts: DoD’s dismissal of rare earths crisis “naïve” and “ill-informed”

    According to a newspaper reports of a (long-overdue) seven-page DoD report titled “Rare Earth Materials in Defense Applications,” sent to Congress last month and which has not yet been made public, “domestic rare earth supplies will meet the U.S. defense industry’s needs by 2013 for the materials that go into military motors and electronics” – [...]
  • American Resources Expert Commentary: Technology Metal Research’s Gareth Hatch on the WTO rare earths case

    With the dust settling over the announcement of a new WTO case brought on by the U.S., Japan and the EU against China’s restrictive rare earths policies, American Resources expert Gareth Hatch has taken the time to dig (pun intended) a little deeper into the issue and its possible implications. While many have talked about [...]
  • A new “super strong magnetic material” to replace REE-based magnets?

    Northeastern University scientists caused a stir earlier this week with their announcement that they have designed a “super strong magnetic material that may revolutionize the production of magnets found in computers, mobile phones, electric cars and wind-powered generators,” alluding to the possibility of replacing neodymium/praseodymium permanent magnets. On his website TechMetalResearch.com, American Resources expert Gareth [...]
  • Canada moves forward on promising Strange Lake REE project

    As China continues to hold the world hostage to its restrictive rare earths export policies, Canada is moving forward on a promising REE project discussed on RareMetalBlog.com. The discovery of near-surface mineralization and significant quantities of recoverable rare earth elements (REEs) in 2009 at Quest Rare Minerals’ Strange Lake property on the Quebec-Labrador border has [...]
  • U.S. Army War College scholar joins American Resources expert panel

    We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Kent Butts, a scholar at the U.S. Army War College, has joined the American Resources Policy Network’s panel of issue experts. Dr. Butts serves as both Professor of Political Military Strategy and Director of the National Security Issues Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College.  His [...]
  • November 2nd NCPA Conference

    American Resources Policy Network is thrilled to announce that we are co-sponsoring the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) conference: “Rare Earths, Critical Metals, Energy and National Security” on November 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The conference will discuss the link between rare earths, critical metals, energy, and national security. Although rare earths and critical [...]
  • Expert Gareth Hatch releases eye-opening Critical Rare Earths Report

    American Resources expert and Technology Metals Research co-founder, Gareth Hatch, has released a new study that highlights the implications of the supply and demand over rare earths elements. Hatch’s research also delves into how the United States can mitigate the current REE shortage. The Critical Rare Earths Report features detailed evaluations of the supply challenges and qualitative rankings [...]