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The Defense Production Act Cannot Increase Critical Mineral Production Without Streamlining Project Permitting

Debra W. Struhsacker writes in RealClearEnergy on how regulations hinder mining in the U.S.

The C3 Take
  • President Biden recently invoked the Defense Production Act to boost America’s supply of rare earth minerals.
  • Without addressing the archaic and restrictive permitting process in the United States, the President’s move will have little impact on boosting American production.
  • To truly bolster energy security, lawmakers must reform and simplify the permitting process in the U.S.

“We cannot achieve energy security, tackle climate change, transition efficiently to clean energy, or reduce our reliance on foreign minerals until we fix the permitting process. The Biden administration needs to speak with one voice about critical minerals, streamline permitting, and stop proposing additional hurdles that impede mining projects.”

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