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A U.S. special forces soldier in a billow of smoke during a night patrol.

Pentagon looks to Idaho for antimony

Perpetua receives two DOD grants to study military-grade antimony from Stibnite, ID Geopolitical tensions with China and Russia's war with Ukraine has the Pentagon concerned about securing... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Yellow Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition with Nite Pony package.

Ford calls for US mine permitting reform

The Inflation Reduction Act offers American car buyers a $7,500 tax credit for buying a new electric vehicle, as long as the ingredients in the battery of that automobile are mostly produced... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
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Biden urged to support domestic mining

A group of bipartisan senators and a conservation organization are urging the White House to take definitive actions to bolster domestic production of the minerals critical to clean energy and... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
An old road closed barricade on an overgrown roadway.

Sen. Sullivan halts Defense nominees

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is holding up the nominations of three senior Department of Defense nominees until he gets some answers on why the Biden administration pulled the permits for... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
Biden under “A Future Made in America” banner at GM’s Factory Zero.

DOE seeks input on US critical materials

Recognizing the meteoric rise in demand for minerals and metals critical to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and the American economy at large, the U.S. Department of Energy is requesting... — Updated 8/9/2022

 
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And then there were 50 critical minerals

The U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a proposed list of 50 minerals and metals critical to the United States. While this seems to be a major jump over the 35 critical minerals on the original... — Updated 8/5/2022 Full story

 
A Tesla 4680 lithium-ion cell for EVs against a background of colorful swirls.

DOE loans Syrah $102M for graphite plant

To bolster supplies of the lithium-ion battery materials needed for America's transition to electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office is loaning Syrah Resources Ltd.... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
Rubidoux sandstone outcropping the southern Missouri Ozark Mountains.

USGS scours Ozarks for critical minerals

To gain a better understanding of the potential for critical minerals in the Ozarks, the U.S. Geological Survey has partnered with Arkansas and Missouri geologists on a $2.75 million program that... — Updated 7/26/2022

 
Wooden tiles with gallium, titanium, and other elements on the periodic table.

Without a word uranium becomes critical

The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 50 minerals and metals critical to the economic wellbeing and security of the United States, uranium is not one of them. This omission of a mineral that... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Engine house above 19th-century copper-tin mine in Cornwall, England.

UK gathers critical minerals intelligence

To help ensure it has reliable and plentiful supplies of the minerals and metals essential to the high-tech and green energy future, the United Kingdom has announced the launch of its Critical... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
A USGS geologist collecting samples from an outcrop of rocks in Alaska.

White House funds critical minerals search

The U.S. Department of the Interior is distributing more than $74.6 million to 30 states for critical minerals investigations under the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Mapping Resources... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Green Berets on patrol with a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the background.

Russia's war heightens antimony concerns

The supply chain repercussions of Russia's war with Ukraine have policymakers in Washington, DC concerned about securing supplies of antimony, which is critical to renewable energy storage... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer, Cadillac Lyriq and other GM electric vehicles.

DOE earmarks $3.2B for battery materials

To help shore up domestic supplies of the cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, and other materials that go into lithium-ion batteries, the U.S. Department of Energy has directed $3.16 billion from... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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Biden issues battery materials order

With mass production of batteries that store intermittent renewable energy and power electric vehicles being a vital component of the envisioned clean energy future, the Biden administration has... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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An Ontario critical minerals strategy

Ontario has developed a mines-to-market critical minerals strategy that leverages rich stores of critical minerals in the northern reaches of the Canadian province, the already well-established... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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USGS finalizes 2022 critical minerals list

The U.S. Geological Survey has finalized a list of 50 minerals and metals critical to the United States. While seemingly a large increase over the 35 critical minerals on the 2018 list, most of... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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DOE eyes unconventional REE refinery

Looking to break America's reliance on China for rare earths and critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $140 million to develop a facility that extracts these minerals from... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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EU action plan starts with magnet recycling

The European Raw Materials Alliance released its action plan to secure access to rare earth elements for the industrial sector in the European Union. Detailed in a 38-page report published on... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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Australia backs critical minerals sector

Seeking to solidify Australia as a leading supplier of the critical minerals that are increasingly being required for electric vehicles, renewable energy, telecommunications, aerospace, defense,... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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US exit leaves China $1T of Afghan metals

The United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan opened the door for China to swoop in and lay claim to the more than $1 trillion worth of lithium, rare earths, and other metals and gems e... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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More US critical minerals action needed

While hailing President Joe Biden's use of the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supplies of battery minerals and materials as a win for rebuilding United States supply chains, the... — Updated 4/12/2022 Full story

 
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America's largest critical minerals mine

On Feb. 22, 2022, Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska became the largest critical minerals operation in the United States, both in terms of quantity and value of the materials... — Updated 3/8/2022 Full story

 
General Motors GM sources domestic United States supplies of battery materials

Domestic mining key to Biden EV strategy

While laying out an action plan to establish the national network of electric vehicle charging stations needed to keep pace with its ambitious goal of 50% of all vehicles sold in the United... — Updated 12/15/2021 Full story

 
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DOE investing $209M in lithium battery tech

In a move to fund research and build alliances across America's lithium battery supply chain, the U.S. Department of Energy is providing $209 million for 26 new national laboratory research... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story

 
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DOE awards $30M for critical metals R&D

With renewable energy and electric vehicles driving enormous new demand, the United States Department of Energy is investing $30 million into 13 projects to develop new technologies that will... — Updated 9/3/2021 Full story

 

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