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Lithium Key to New Military Technology

October 28, 2011

In efforts to upgrade the Joint Strike Fighter Program, the U.S. military is turning to advanced lithium battery technology to help launch military jets from ocean carriers. Lithium provides the new batteries with 10 times the charge at less than one-third of the weight of traditional batteries.

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House Passes Legislation to Create Jobs, Fuel Economy

October 27, 2011

The U.S. House yesterday passed legislation that is set to generate thousands of American jobs through the construction of an Arizona copper mine. Though the measure has yet to face the Senate, the bipartisan vote shows that many in Washington recognize mining as an important source of jobs and needed economic growth, rather than a political target.

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Legislation Would Green Light Copper Mine, Thousands of Jobs

October 26, 2011

Thousands of new American jobs are on the table as the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 is scheduled for a floor vote in the House this afternoon. If passed, the bill would green light construction of an Arizona mine at the site of the third largest undeveloped copper resource in the world. The Arizona Republic reports that the project is expected to create 3,000 jobs during mine construction, 1,400 jobs when the mine is at full production and 2,300 additional jobs in the region generated by mining needs and worker spending.

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Lithium Batteries Create Jobs in Michigan

October 25, 2011

At 11.1 percent, the unemployment rate in Michigan is the third highest in the nation. But according to Michigan Public Radio, the state’s burgeoning lithium ion battery sector is boosting employment numbers and is projected to have created 750 Michigan jobs by the end of 2011. An essential component of next-generation technologies, lithium is just one of many minerals spurring innovation and job growth in the United States.

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How Minerals Make Life: An Interactive Presentation

October 19, 2011

Minerals are the building blocks of our future. They provide the materials we need for technological innovation, economic growth and national security. However, without a reliable domestic supply chain, we are forced to rely on importing key minerals that are essential to keeping America safe and growing our economy.

 

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From Twitter

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@NationalDefense: Have you seen our Rare Earth #Minerals infographic? We’d love for you to share it! ow.ly/vMmTR
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