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Op-ed: Mine-permitting thicket is retarding U.S. competitiveness

April 07, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers just issued a new report card for the nation’s infrastructure and the results are abysmal. Our infrastructure got a D+. The ASCE warns that we must close a $2 trillion investment gap in the next decade to right the ship.

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Op-ed: Cutting Red Tape Will Help Restore US Mining, Middle-Class Jobs

March 20, 2017

It might seem hard to fathom after some of the recent election rhetoric, but according to a survey of global manufacturing executives, the U.S. is poised to overtake China by 2020 as the world’s most competitive manufacturing nation.

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Op-ed: U.S. Isn’t Prepared to Meet Mineral, Metal Demands

February 13, 2017

A new government report suggests we must revisit the regulatory regime that restricts hard rock mining in the United States. A surge in demand is coming for the minerals and metals needed in every sector of our economy, and we are woefully unprepared to meet it. The problem is not a lack of domestic resources. We have them in spades. In fact, the U.S. possesses an estimated $6.2 trillion in minerals reserves. But we still import nearly $7 billion in minerals and metals each year.

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Press Release: U.S. Minerals Import Reliance Reaches Record Level in 2017

February 02, 2017

With the prospect growing of a major infrastructure build out and renewed emphasis on domestic manufacturing, America’s dependence on imported minerals and metals required for new roads, bridges and the full spectrum of consumer goods is at record levels, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Minerals Information Center’s recently released annual report, Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017.

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Op-ed: Mining advocate’s view: Cumbersome mine permitting leaves U.S. foreign-dependent

January 23, 2017

The age of the electric vehicle is here. No longer are electric vehicles just for the super rich or the environmental activist. They’re market-competitive vehicles now with prices and performance that are equal — or soon to be equal — to their gasoline or diesel rivals. Sales of electric vehicles are soaring. Consider that between 2010 and 2015, just 1 million electric vehicles were sold globally. More than 2 million electric vehicles are expected to be sold in 2020 alone.

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