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New Mexico state senator awarded for contributions to state’s mining industry

February 29, 2012

New Mexico State Sen. David Ulibarri (D-Grants) was recently awarded the Sen. Ben Altamirano Award for Legislative Excellence by the New Mexico Mining Association for his contributions to the state’s mining industry.

Sen. Ulibarri has steadfastly stood behind the New Mexico mining industry, arguing “We need to put people back to work—we need to put people back in [the] uranium mines.”

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Copper-mining remains strong in Arizona

February 29, 2012

In 2011, Arizona produced more than $2 billion worth of nonfuel mineral commodities and more copper than any other state, according to the USGS Minerals Commodity Summary. With copper-mining remaining a cornerstone of the state’s economy, a Tucson-based copper-mining company—Asarco—celebrated more than 100 years of operations today.

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Minerals mining in Alaska could benefit from rail extension

February 28, 2012

Discussing the importance of building the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension, a 32-mile rail connecting the Alaska Railroad to the facilities at Port MacKenzie, John Moosey, manager of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Chris Aadnesen, president and CEO of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, highlighted the benefits that affordable transportation costs could bring to Alaska’s mineral resource development. Notably, the nearly 1,000 known mineral deposits near the Alaska Railroad—including lead, zinc, copper, molybdenum and silver— could be developed into viable working mines with the construction of the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension.

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Senior advisor calls nation’s approach to minerals “deeply flawed”

February 24, 2012

In a recent presentation to the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Daniel McGroarty, senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and board member for Colorado Rare Earths, pointed to America’s need for a comprehensive minerals strategy.

In his presentation, “Public Policy in the Resource Wars,” McGroarty emphasized that the current policy environment for U.S. mining is “deeply flawed and very unfriendly,” especially when compared to other leading mining countries. McGroarty also stated that “today, our gunpowder and sailcloth—read: weapons systems and wind-power—come from the rare earths, and beyond the rares, from a few dozen strategic metals.”

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Administration’s budget overlooks need for minerals in energy technology

February 24, 2012

In last week’s FY2013 budget proposal, President Obama called for the continued development of advanced energy technologies including wind, solar and electric vehicles. Conversely, that same budget includes two sizable new taxes on minerals mining, and effectually threatens the production of the raw materials vital to the advanced energy sector.

In its “Critical Materials Strategy 2011” report, the U.S. Department of Energy highlighted the increased demand for key minerals in energy applications. The department advised that the United States should take steps to facilitate the domestic extraction, processing and manufacturing of critical minerals—a recommendation the administration doesn’t seem to be following.

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