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Hal Quinn on minerals in automobiles

February 12, 2014

This week, National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn was featured in Supply & Demand Chain Executive discussing the importance of a steady supply of domestic minerals to the auto industry.

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Hal Quinn: Without minerals, no solar technology

August 19, 2013

July was a month of contradictions in Washington, in which the administration took action to block new mining claims on 300,000 acres of federal lands in Colorado and across the West…

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Hal Quinn: Legislation would give a leg up to manufacturing

July 27, 2012

Yesterday, I authored an op-ed in Roll Call discussing the passage of H.R. 4402, the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act,” in the House of Representatives and the opposition the bill is facing from the White House.

If approved by the Senate and president, H.R. 4402 would alleviate hardships facing manufacturers who transform mineral inputs into automobiles, electronics, construction materials, defense technologies and countless end-products that affect almost every aspect of our lives. This legislation aims to establish a more efficient permitting process that will attract investment in U.S. mining and see more domestic minerals put to use in vital U.S. industries.

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Minerals essential to technologies that make our daily lives and our economy work

July 27, 2012

Following the recent House passage of Rep. Mark Amodei’s (R-Nev,) “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act,” H.R. 4402, the congressman penned an op-ed to the Reno Gazette-Journal underlining the importance of bipartisan support for a revised mining permitting process.

“The objective of this simple, bipartisan bill is not Republican or Democrat politics,” said Rep Amodei, “but common American sense.”

The congressman pointed to the need for an efficient permitting structure, noting that “decade-long permitting delays are standing in the way of high-paying jobs and revenue for local communities.” This is especially true in his home state of Nevada, which Rep. Amodei noted “is rich in strategic and critical minerals” and yet “has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.”

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Pro-minerals mining legislation benefits states

July 25, 2012

Despite three years of double-digit unemployment in Nevada, the mining town of Elko in the northeast corner of the state is booming.

In an op-ed to The Elko Daily Free Press, Ray Bacon, executive director of the Nevada Manufacturers Association, proposes that if the entire state is to realize its economic potential like Elko has, Nevada must utilize its inherent resources.

Nevada is home to more than a dozen minerals that are crucial in the development of cutting-edge technologies that represent the future of American business and manufacturing. And mining in Nevada directly supports 12,000 jobs at an average salary of $83,000, with every direct job generating four indirect positions.

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