|February 11th, 2020
Washington, D.C.: As America’s drive toward clean energy intensifies, a major threat may be our reliance on importing critical mineral inputs like cobalt for these technologies, say top experts in an OurEnergyPolicy dialogue. They recommend policy solutions that include the following:
– Build a thriving domestic minerals industry with robust environmental standards
OurEnergyPolicy recently released details on these and five other recommendations in the new document: Expert Dialogue on Critical Minerals: The Achilles Heel of America’s Clean Energy Future? These recommendations and commentary are the outcomes of an online OurEnergyPolicy discussion on critical minerals introduced by Dr. Morgan Bazilian, Director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy and Professor of the Colorado School of Mines, which is the top-ranked institution in the world for mineral and mining engineering.
Other critical minerals experts and energy professionals weighed in with insights and policy recommendations for how to address this challenge.
Experts also provides insights into China’s mineral market dominance, bottlenecks in critical minerals supply, and whether mineral supply chain risks pose a barrier to climate change goals. The experts providing recommendations also include Emily Hersh, well-known lithium industry expert and co-host of the Global Lithium Podcast, and Charles Forsberg, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project.
Other relevant resources on critical minerals include the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Full Committee Hearing on Mineral Security and Related Legislation (including the American Mineral and Security Act, S. 1317) from May 2019 and A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals from the U.S. Department of Commerce (June 2019). See page 2 of the OurEnergyPolicy document for several other related materials.
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