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  • ARPN Expert Panel Member: Create Framework to “Insulate Domestic Producers from Market Manipulation While Fostering Innovation” in Effort to Decouple From China

    In a recent piece for RealClearDefense Jeffery A. Green, president and founder of J.A. Green & Company, and member of the ARPN panel of experts, outlines a set of four main lines of efforts policy makers should focus on as they develop policy recommendations based on a recent executive order and House task force set up to study critical supply chains and national security.

    Building upon last year’s bipartisan work in the defense bills, Green believes policy makers should:

    - Ensure that DoD purchases from domestic producers. Doing so, “could provide a stable ‘safe harbor’ that is insulated from Chinese manipulation and reduce the risk for nascent U.S. producers,” and thus encourage domestic production.

    - Reduce excessive red tape and barriers of entry to “ease the financial burdens on potential domestic producers and provide a more supportive environment in which they could achieve success.”

    - “Continue to invoke the Defense Production Act to support domestic REE producers who find innovative solutions for America’s supply chain issue.”

    - “View trusted foreign allies as part of the process to achieve true supply chain security.”

    Click here to read Green’s full piece.

    Against the backdrop of significantly increasing critical mineral resource needs, any efforts to secure REE supply chains should be embedded into a broader all of the above approach to mineral resource policy, as outlined by ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty during a recent virtual congressional policy forum.

    For more on the forum, and a link to re-watch, click here.

  • ARPN’s McGroarty at Virtual Forum: “Apply an ‘All of the Above’ Approach to Critical Minerals — Both in Terms of Development and Federal Policy”

    Speaking at a virtual forum hosted by House Committee on Natural Resources Republicans on the role of critical minerals in geopolitics, renewable energy production and beyond earlier today, ARPN’s Daniel McGroarty called on policy stakeholder to apply the “all of the above” approach that helped reverse decades of American dependence on foreign oil to the Critical Mineral crisis.

    Using the example of 5G technology to outline the extent of the United States’ critical mineral resource dependency, which in many cases is a “dependency of our own making,” McGroarty explained that an “all of the above” approach would mean “finding ways to encourage and incentivize traditional mining and refining — and recycling — and reclamation and unconventional recoveries from historic mine tailings.”

    Providing specific examples in his submitted written remarks, he said:

    “That means encouraging lithium recovery from boron tailings as is happening now in California, rare earths and other ‘Criticals’ from coal waste. Looking ahead – it means critical mineral recoveries from red mud in Louisiana, from graphite deposits in Alaska, and even – if Congress can sort out Good Samaritan legislation – critical minerals from Abandoned Mine Lands, where recovery of ‘Criticals’ could solve two problems, providing much-needed domestic supply, and improving the daunting economics of AML cleanups.

    As we move further along the supply chain, it means seeing our metals smelters as national assets – encouraging ways to adapt them for a range of critical mineral recoveries. It’s happening now in Utah, where rhenium and tellurium – two ‘Criticals’ unlikely to ever be mined in their own right – are being recovered by adding new circuits to copper smelting. And it means prioritizing processing methods versatile enough to accept different feedstocks – as continuous ion exchange has demonstrated, recovering rare earths from a heavy rare earth deposit in Texas, and from Pennsylvania coal waste as well.”

    McGroarty also suggested extending the “all of the above” approach to the “policies Congress puts in place to strengthen domestic supply chains, and the actions the Executive Branch takes, beginning with using the tools federal law already provides,” such as the so-called “commitment to purchase” authority.

    His bottom line is a clear call for policy makers to acknowledge and act upon the importance of critical minerals in the 21st Century:

    “Critical Minerals aren’t critical because of where they come from – they’re Critical because of where they take us. American ingenuity, innovation and investment can do a lot – but the power of the private-sector can do far more if public policy sends a strong signal that Critical Minerals matter – to the Technology Revolution transforming our world and to America’s place as the leader in that transformation.”

    Click here to read McGroarty’s full remarks.

    You can re-watch the forum in its entirety here.

    And for more on the Tech Metals Age, referenced in McGroarty’s remarks, click here.

  • Critical Mineral Developments Continue in the Waning Days of 2020 — and Into the Early Days of the New Year

    If you’ve read our Year in Review post last month, you know 2020 was a busy year on the mineral resource policy front — so much so that even the last few days of December had several important developments. Most notably, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. While most of the media’s attention [...]
  • Copper’s Anti-Microbial Properties Strike Again: Another Possible Breakthrough in the Fight to Stop Coronavirus Surface Transmission

    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic may derailed public life as we know it, but it has not slowed the pace at which the materials science revolution is yielding research breakthroughs. Whether it’s the development of vaccines, rapid tests, new treatment methods or novel materials for personal protective equipment (PPE) at neck-breaking speeds – we’re seeing innovation [...]
  • U.S. Senator and AK Governor for The Hill: With China Having Taken Control of Critical Mineral Supply Chains, We Need to Act Now

    Beijing’s threat to withhold potentially life-saving medical supplies and medications in the middle of a global pandemic, during which China has “taken control of [respective] supply chains around the world as part of its quest for global domination,” were a wake up call, write U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) in [...]
  • Russia Pushes for Global Rare Earth Market Share as U.S. Struggles to Move Forward With Critical Minerals Initiatives

    Russia is certainly making headlines this week.  Quite obviously, much of the media attention is focused around President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that Russia has approved a vaccine for the coronavirus (after less than two months of testing) — but developments in the critical minerals realm also warrant attention: A top Russian government official has told [...]
  • U.S. Senate To Take Up Comprehensive Bipartisan Legislation Containing Critical Minerals Provisions As Early As This Week

    The U.S. Senate may cast a vote on a comprehensive bipartisan energy legislation package that contains provisions pertaining to critical mineral resource supply issues as early as this week.   S. 2657 is the legislative vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), a package consisting of several pieces of legislation, which reflect the “priorities of [...]
  • Moving Beyond the Report Stage? – Specter of REE Supply Disruptions Prompts Congressional Action on Critical Minerals

    The U.S. and China have resumed trade talks after last month’s meeting between U.S. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka broke a deadlock — but key issues remain far from settled. Against the backdrop of both sides preparing for a protracted battle, Jeff Green, president [...]
  • Mamula and Bridges: Hardrock “Modernization” Bills Could Do More Harm Than Good

    “Does America stand for self-reliance and innovative discovery of critical minerals for our economy and national defense and security? Or will Congress drive the fatal stake through the heart of our struggling domestic metals mining industry?” According to a new Washington Examiner piece by Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar in Geosciences and ARPN expert panel member [...]
  • ARPN Expert Panel Member in The Hill: U.S. Must Stop Shunning the Importance of Its Mineral Wealth

    In a new piece for The Hill, ARPN expert panel member and author of the recently-released “Groundbreaking! America’s New Quest for Mineral Independence” Ned Mamula laments the United States’ long-standing ignorance and even shunning of “the importance of its mineral wealth.”  In spite of the fact that, as he says, mining is “the one economic sector that meets the [...]