Department of Energy Report on Supplies of Rare Earths

December 27, 2011

According to the recently-released 2011 Critical Materials Strategy Report by the U.S. Department of Energy, five rare earth metals are at risk and have the potential to impact renewable energy technology deployment in the next few years.

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Legislators address critical minerals in appropriations bill

December 21, 2011

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2012, which passed the House and Senate last week, is set to designate $20 million toward critical minerals research and the creation of a Critical Materials Hub within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This new funding demonstrates growing awareness among legislators of the vital role of minerals in advanced energy technologies.

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Mining machinery adds Midwest jobs

December 20, 2011

The Vermeer Corporation, an Iowa-based manufacturer of agriculture and mining machinery, has hired 200 new employees over the past two years as sales have risen to record levels. Vermeer continues to add jobs, and currently has an additional 100 openings.

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U.S. Mines Continue to Strive for Zero Fatalities

December 19, 2011

While 85 percent of all U.S. mines operate injury-free each year, Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, writes about how it is critical for U.S. mine operators to take their roles and responsibilities seriously in order to in reach a goal of zero fatalities.

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Advanced energy, technology fuel demand for silver

December 15, 2011

Last year, a record 242.9 million ounces of silver were needed to meet global demand of the metal for electrical and electronics uses, and 47 million ounces were utilized in thick-film PV solar modules. Vital to a range of new technologies, silver’s industrial demand could reach a record 665.9 million ounces in 2015.

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