America’s Need for Critical Minerals

I wrote my novel Rare Mettle partly to raise awareness of technology’s growing reliance and consumption of a subset of critical minerals, rare earth metals. As the years have passed, it is becoming obvious to everyone that a long-term, broad-based solution is needed, encompassing public policy and use of land; regulatory oversight; trade and economic considerations to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US; tax credits to stimulate investment in risky but necessary undertakings; and too many more to enumerate.

Below are links to articles that discuss this issue in more depth, and I encourage you to read at least some of them to gain a grasp of the scope of this issue.

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/ground-breaking-opportunity-mining-critical-minerals-america

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cobalt-children-mining-democratic-republic-congo-cbs-news-investigation/

http://www.dailyindependent.com/opinion/let-s-make-america-a-mineral-superpower/article_abd1823e-1806-11e8-a598-0b2a8c5bd769.html

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/11/making-america-a-strategic-mineral-superpower/

https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/us-dependence-on-other-countries-for-critical-minerals-reported

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/22/trumps-making-american-mining-great-again.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-orders-boost-in-production-of-critical-minerals/2017/12/20/75de2b1a-e5d3-11e7-927a-e72eac1e73b6_story.html?utm_term=.18782a3476b3

https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2017/aug/10/control-of-rare-earths-gives-china-a-fresh-economi

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764208/Child-miners-aged-four-living-hell-Earth.html

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/op-ed/articles/2017-07-11/the-us-is-too-dependent-on-foreign-mineral-imports

https://capitalresearch.org/article/embarrassment-of-riches/

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international-affairs/344189-a-rare-earth-cooperative-for-critical-minerals-could

http://resourceworld.com/index.php/metals-as-real-wealth

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