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Update: One Step Closer to a Better Permitting Process

May 18, 2012

Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012. The bill, offered by Rep. Amodei (R-Nev.), received strong support in the committee and now heads to the full House for consideration. Three amendments that could have adversely affected the mining sector, including adding a new 12.5 percent tax on mining, were defeated during the hearing as well.

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Support the Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4402)

May 15, 2012

A few weeks ago, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) introduced H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, which will allow the United States to more efficiently develop our nation’s strategic and critical minerals that are vital to job creation, American economic competitiveness and national security. The bill aims to streamline the permitting process to leverage our nation’s vast mineral resources, while also paying due respect to economic and environmental concerns. 

Tomorrow, the House Committee on Natural Resources will vote on Rep. Amodei’s bill. This is a real step toward solving the massive permitting delays that have put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage versus the rest of the world. The current minerals mining permitting process in the U.S. takes as long as it does in Papua New Guinea. Meanwhile, countries like Australia and Canada have implemented efficient and well-reasoned processes that are driving investment in those nations over the U.S.


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Minerals imperative to our military and economy

May 15, 2012

The Hill’s Congress Blog published a guest post today written by H. Sterling Burnett, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, focusing on the dire need for the United States to establish policies that would prevent us from relying on foreign countries for minerals essential to our economic growth and national security.


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Molycorp leading U.S. rare earth minerals production

May 15, 2012

In a recent blog post, Wired discussed the importance of domestic rare earth minerals production, underlining that “China now controls 95 percent of total rare-earth supply.” The post highlighted the reopening of Molycorp’s rare earths mine in Mountain Pass, Calif., noting that rare earth elements are found in a range of cutting-edge technologies from mobile phones and computers to large wind turbines.

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“Call of Duty” highlights importance of rare earth minerals

May 14, 2012

This year’s update of the popular video game series “Call of Duty” will feature a plot focused on rare earth minerals and a “‘cold war’ developing between the United States and China over access to these critical materials.”        

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., in an op-ed published in The Washington Times, noted “although players have many options to win in the game, it is unclear whether the Obama administration, which is neglecting proven mining and development strategies that could develop a domestic rare earth supply, is playing to win in the real world.”

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