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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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U.S. Mines Complete Safest Year Ever, Besting Last Year’s Record

January 04, 2017

2016 marks the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining – a sign of continuous improvement for an industry that saw a record low the previous year.

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Op-ed: Mining States Face New Threat From Proposed EPA Bonding Requirements

October 07, 2016

Sometimes we forget that mining continues to be a significant part of the U.S. economy. With several thousand mines operating nationwide, the United States is able to produce precious metals such as gold and silver, as well as metals such as zinc, copper, and iron needed to manufacture electric vehicles and solar panels. All of these mineral and metal mines provide good-paying, middle-class jobs for more than 130,00 workers throughout the country.

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