Posted on December 03, 2014 by Minerals Make Life
As the holiday shopping season begins, Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing reminds us of the importance of “giving American” this holiday season. Paul, who has previously discussed the importance of a secure supply of critical minerals in one of our “NMA Newsmakers” videos, explains that “Made in the USA” is making a comeback as 78 percent of Americans would rather buy an American product; the presence of “Made in the USA-themed” ads this year bears truth to that.
"All over our nation, manufacturing is producing a significant economic effect. Sourcing production domestically drives research and development, which leads to new industries and new markets...it's a sector that can provide a living wage to millions of Americans.”
“By making sure there are at least a few American-made items on your holiday gift list, you'll put a smile on the face of the recipient, and somewhere out there, you'll also contribute to the smiles on the faces of a few hard-working Americans who made that gift for you.”
So what does this mean for mining? Supplying these American manufacturers with the minerals and metals they need to create the next smartphone or television is critical to meet this growing demand. Whether you’re traveling, making a holiday feast or sharing presents, minerals are critical to your holiday season. However, although the U.S. remains one of the largest consumers of minerals, our outdated, redundant mining permitting process can delay projects up 10 years.
By streamlining the federal permitting process, new mining projects would be able to more efficiently come online, contribute to a domestic manufacturing resurgence and create desperately needed jobs in both industries – mining and manufacturing.
Continue reading about “Giving American” here and see our holiday infographic below.