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The technologies that define innovation today all depend on minerals—from lifesaving medical devices to smart phones and advanced energy technologies.
Minerals are critical components of the advanced technologies that keep Americans safe and our military equipped.
6 days ago
In a National Mining Association consumer radio feature, Katie Sweeney, NMA’s senior vice president and general counsel, shared her views on the minerals policy outlook for 2013.
6 days ago
In a response to an article about President Obama’s “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour,” National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn penned a letter-to-the-editor in the Washington Times laying out a plan to create jobs, grow the middle class and encourage domestic manufacturing — without spending billions of dollars.
15 May 2013
The House Natural Resources Committee today approved the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production of 2013” (H.R. 761). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei (N.M.-02), was approved by a bi-partisan vote of 24-17.
Minerals play an invaluable role in enhancing our quality of life, powering the economy and strengthening the national security of the United States.
While America is home to an estimated $6.2 trillion worth of key mineral resources, our ability to secure these critical materials is threatened by an outdated permitting process and regulations that delay critical investments for years—and in some cases, up to a decade.
Every year, the average American uses hundreds of newly mined minerals. These resources help support our nation's supply chain and enable various industries to bring to market products that keep our citizens healthy and our economy competitive. Everyday items like cell phones, laptops, cars—even buildings, lifesaving medical devices and equipment used in national defense systems—all come from minerals.
Thanks to pioneering technologies and best practices, we have great potential to tap into our own rich reserves of key minerals in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
The United States is already considered a major mineral producing country and a net exporter of several mineral commodities, predominantly gold, as well as large quantities of iron ore, copper, phosphate rock and zinc. With increased utilization, these resources would play a vital role in helping grow our economy, strengthen U.S. industries and drive American innovation.
With smart policies that enable the efficient development of our country’s domestic mineral resources, U.S. mining can continue to supply the minerals Americans need to flourish and maintain a healthy standard of living.