Rare-earth elements (REE) and other critical mineral resources are essential to daily life, jobs, and national security. From cell phones to renewable energy to jet fighters, these resources are the building blocks of modern civilization. World population growth and rising standards of living in countries like China, India, and Brazil have increased the demand for mineral resources – raising the potential for supply disruptions and international conflict. Pending Congressional legislation and daily news headlines indicate a pressing need for action.


The Environmental and Energy Study Institute

American Geosciences Institute

Geological Society of America

National Mining Association

Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc.

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