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Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at Vitals’ REE plant.

Trudeau tours Vital rare earths plant

In a show of support for Canadian production of the minerals critical to clean energy technologies, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vital Metals Ltd.'s rare earth processing facility in... — Updated 2/2/2023 Full story

 
Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt,... — Updated 2/2/2023

 
Digital image representing an EV being charged with low-carbon wind energy.

Canada unveils critical mineral strategy

To seize upon a once-in-a-century opportunity to leverage Canada's already world-class mining sector to supply the minerals and metals needed to build the clean energy future, Ottawa has unveiled a... — Updated 1/3/2023

 
Soldier fires a machine gun while lying in the snow during winter exercises.

DoD supports Perpetua's antimony project

In a move to break America's dependence on China and Russia for the antimony needed for ammunition, fireproofing compounds, night vision goggles, and other military hardware, the Pentagon is providing... — Updated 12/20/2022 Full story

 
Night vision image of six-wheeled army vehicle under the Milky Way.

Senate bill aims to boost strategic metals

Senators Sullivan, Romney introduce bill to reduce DoD overreliance on China for minerals critical to security. Concerned that America is too reliant on China for the minerals and metals critical to n... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
A white Volkswagen ID.4 EV travels past wind turbines on a European highway.

No substitute for EU rare earths policy

REIA urges EU to secure rare earth supplies to ensure adequate battery materials to meet 2030 EV targets. Securing an adequate supply of magnet rare earths to help make the most out of the highly... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
A helicopter equipped with geophysical survey equipment prepares for flight.

USGS invests another $6M in Earth MRIs

Great Plains states, CO-WY border to be scanned for critical minerals. In its ongoing quest to identify domestic sources of the 50 minerals deemed critical to America's economy and security, the U.S.... — Updated 11/3/2022

 
President Joe Biden delivers a speech laying out his American Jobs Plan.

$2.8B US battery supply chain infusion

In a massive leap toward establishing a domestic lithium-ion battery supply chain, the White House has awarded $2.8 billion in grants to companies advancing 20 battery materials manufacturing and proc... — Updated 10/25/2022 Full story

 

20 Battery companies awarded $2.8 billion

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.8 billion in grants for 20 projects to expand the domestic manufacturing of materials for lithium batteries powering electric vehicles and storing... — Updated 10/19/2022 Full story

 
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 domestic... — 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 a... — 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 public... — Updated 8/9/2022

 
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 Initiative, or... — 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 the... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
President Biden Defense Production Act DPA EV lithium battery metals

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

 
lithium ion metal battery BrightDrop EV van Ontario Canada

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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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

 
Teck Resources Alaska Red Dog zinc germanium critical minerals fiber optics

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

 

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