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How the road to renewables runs through mining

Luiza Ch. Savage of POLITICO writes that in order for America to transition toward more renewable forms of energy, reforms to our mining supply chain must take place.

The C3 Take
  • Currently, China produces a majority of the world’s critical minerals that are required for renewable energy.
  • In order for the United States to transition toward more renewable forms of energy, we must strengthen our domestic critical mineral supply chains through mining.
  • Ironically, the groups who are most in favor of a 100% renewable energy grid are the same groups who oppose the mining that is required to reach that goal.

“Meanwhile, Murkowski is striving to make the U.S. more attractive to mining investors. She has introduced wide-ranging legislation, the American Mineral Security Act, co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to bolster domestic mining and recycling of materials deemed critical to the U.S. economy and security. The bill would require the federal government to identify deposits, expedite permitting, streamline regulatory processes and invest in research and training of workers with expertise in mineral exploration, manufacturing and recycling. Senate Republicans had included the legislation in their coronavirus relief bill, but it did not pass.”

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