Untapped U.S. mineral resources can address supply chain and national security concerns

March 30, 2012

Following the president’s recent announcement of a  World Trade Organization case against China’s export restrictions on rare earth minerals, Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, penned an op-ed in The Washington Times stressing the importance of a more efficient permitting process to developing a stable, domestic supply chain of minerals essential to U.S. manufacturing, innovation and national security. Quinn argued that the president’s recent challenge “calls attention to the vital importance of minerals to the U.S. economy,” noting “the United States is distinguished from other countries by its notable lack of a forward-looking minerals policy.”

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Mining provides jobs in Michigan, stimulates local and state economy

March 29, 2012

While mining has long been a part of the Michigan economy, the sector’s recent revival is bringing much-needed jobs to the state. Carol Raulston, senior vice president of communications at the National Mining Association, told the Christian Science Monitor that “everyone's hiring like crazy” in Michigan, where resident Jeff TenEyck called mining development, “the biggest shot in the arm for the economy here since Henry Ford was here.”

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Jobs are the Casualty of Mining Bill Defeat

March 28, 2012

Vast mineral resources in Wisconsin’s backyard—including iron deposits among the largest in the world—could translate into thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes from minerals mining and exploration. Yet the state is not reaping the same economic benefits as neighboring states, largely due to a cumbersome and uncertain permitting process and a lack of legislative support.

Earlier this month, Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz, along with all 16 Wisconsin Senate Democrats, voted against a bill that would have enacted a more efficient mining permitting process without compromising air- or water-quality standards. Shortly following the 17-16 vote, Gogebic Taconite announced that it would halt investment in an iron ore mine in Wisconsin’s Ashland and Iron counties—a project that would have been the state’s largest privately-funded economic development project.

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Sen. Casey calls for increased U.S. mineral production

March 27, 2012

In an op-ed in The Hill, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., argued that China’s withholding of rare earth minerals is hurting American manufacturers—and subsequently American jobs. The senator highlighted the importance of “spurring domestic production” of minerals to “decrease our reliance on China, enhance our national security, and potentially increase American exports.”

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Mining brings economic vitality to Fairbanks

March 22, 2012

In a recent editorial, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner touted the importance of mining to the local economy, stating, “While retail businesses make up the high-visibility private economy in Fairbanks, mines produce many of the jobs that feed those operations. Fairbanks might not look like a mining town today, but it certainly remains one.” The editorial pointed toward the area’s Fort Knox mine, a producer of gold ore, which is now the second largest commercial tax payer in the region behind the trans-Alaska pipeline.

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