Please join the RealClear Politics and the Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 8:30am – 9:30am MT for a webinar titled Reinventing Our Domestic Minerals Supply Chain in a Post-Pandemic World. The webinar will be an in-depth conversation on the challenges facing the U.S.’ overreliance on mineral imports and domestic mineral production.
The past year has laid bare the myriad problems associated with the U.S.’ overreliance on mineral imports and adversarial approach to domestic mineral production. U.S. mineral import reliance has more than doubled over the past 25 years while mineral demand for key technologies and industries is soaring. Whether through global shutdowns imposed by countries holding the position as a lead supplier of a key commodity or trade tensions with geopolitical rivals, multiple threats have emerged to American industry’s ability to get the minerals needed for energy, technology, medical and manufacturing supply chains. Congress has taken note with a flurry of key pieces of legislation intended to support minerals mining in the U.S. This roundtable will discuss the severity of the challenge in the U.S., the increasing demands that lie ahead, the policy solutions that are within reach, and how the election may impact it all.