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New Report Ranks Minerals At Risk for Supply Disruptions

September 14, 2011

Antimony, platinum group metals and mercury top the list of minerals at risk for supply disruptions, according to a new index released by the British Geological Survey. Mineweb reported on Wednesday that the analysis of 52 elements ranks their likelihood to face supply restrictions in 2011 due to factors including “the abundance of the element in the Earth's crust, the location of current production and reserves, and risk arising from the political stability of those locations.”

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Minerals Prices, Supply Impacts Innovation

September 12, 2011

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal took a first-hand look at what happens when some of the world’s leading innovators are faced with a perfect storm of increased demand and surging prices for rare earth minerals, as well as the threat of supply disruptions.

Rare earths are necessary components of jet engines, smart phones, medical equipment and countless other high-tech products, the Journal reported. China currently produces more than 90 percent of the world’s rare earths, and has recently tightened its grip on the market by decreasing exports of the minerals.

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Jobs Frontier Policies Promote Mining, Job Growth

September 12, 2011

On Monday, E&E News reported on a new effort by legislators to strengthen U.S. mining and boost employment across the economy.

The Jobs Frontier report, issued last week by the Western Congressional Caucus, highlights policy actions that could put Americans back to work, including bills by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), and support increased access to domestic minerals.

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Mining Means Jobs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

September 07, 2011

Three hundred jobs now, 700 more to come. Last week, The Detroit News editorial board voiced its support for a planned nickel and copper mine that, not yet in production, is already brining jobs to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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China Continues to Cut Rare Earths Production

September 06, 2011

 

In a move highlighting America’s vulnerability to minerals supply chain disruptions, China last week announced that it will halt production of rare earth minerals at three major mines. Reuters reported that this could further tighten supplies of the 17 minerals in China, which is currently responsible for 97 percent of world rare earth production.

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