What would our lives be like without mining? Imagine a world without transportation such as jet planes or railroads, without communications such as cell phones or radar, without decorative items such as art or jewelry, without buildings such as skyscrapers or parking garages, without defense systems items such as missiles or submarines, without medical care items such as X-rays or surgical tools. We wouldn’t have any of these things without mining and minerals. “If it can’t be grown, it must be mined.” Natural resources are the foundation of our lives and lifestyles.
Everything we use in the modern world comes from extraction of natural resources (including forestry and agriculture) and mining is a critical source of raw materials for production of goods that maintain the technology we depend on every day. For details on how each mineral is important: Coal, Uranium, Metals, Critical and Rare Earths, Precious Metals , Non-Metals, and Industrial Minerals.
America’s growing reliance on other countries for strategically important minerals is not much of an issue in this election year. It seems not to be on voters’ minds, but it really ought to be. U.S. mining policy has become increasingly inept — thoughtless and heedless of consequences. The U.S. has one of the most complex mine-permitting systems in the world, marked by delays and redundancies. Obtaining a mining permit typically takes seven to 10 years, five times longer than in Canada or Australia. Companies seeking to open a new mine sometimes must deal with 10 or more federal and state agencies. Read More
As our anemic economy limps along, more voices in the policy debate call out for a return to the days of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness – a time of innovation and efficiency, quality jobs and career paths resulting in steady increases in GDP. There’s nothing wrong, and a lot that’s right, with that vision. But it’s hard to imagine a renaissance of America’s manufacturing sector absent a steady supply of the minerals that provide the energy and raw material inputs for our nation’s factories. Read More
3.5 Billion People Live Without Adequate Energy - Energy is vital for basic needs and better lives, yet half the world’s population lacks adequate energy access. As many as 1.2 billion are children.