Here's why policy-making for strategic metals and materials, rare earths, or whatever terminology you want to use, belongs outside of Washington, D.C.
Existing legislative efforts—including H.R. 4402, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, H.R. 2011, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011 and S. 1113, The Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011—address the problem with a call for domestic mining and additional assessments, and in some cases, the streamlining of the mining permitting process.
We support these initiatives, but on a spectrum of "Do Nothing" to "Waiting for Congress and the President to Sign One of These Bills into Law," we will not have moved the needle one inch toward supplier diversification or independence.
During an afternoon keynote at the ARP Network's conference, Jeff Green, president and founder of J. A. Green & Associates and probably one of the most well-known and prominent policy advocates for the rare earth metals industry, identified some additional solutions identified by the Department of Defence, including the "predominant strategy" of substitutes and alternatives, where Green said this strategy has "not been thought through.". . .View Full Article