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Unreliable Mineral Supplies Impede US Innovation

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bcstractor
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bcstractor   12/12/2013 5:07:16 PM
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The problem is that the mining industry has lied so much in the past and continues to destroy the environment today that you have no credibility.

Heavy metals continue to pour out of mines in Colorado.  The Cotter corporation refuses to clean up its radioactive uranium waste at its Canyon City plant.  There are countless other pollution problems.  The coal mines on the East Coast polute the ground with their retention ponds.


If you actually behaved like a responsible business there might even be no need for rules at all.

 

 

 

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R.J.Matthews   11/27/2013 6:01:13 AM
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The biggest challenge is to get the mineral supply and the mining industry on peoples and politicians radar in the first place. Any hiccup in the Middle East and it immediately generates a lot of interest with people worrying that it might cost more to fill up at the pumps.

Now America is increasingly self sufficient in oil and gas mind sets have to change to realizing that the mineral supply and the (countries and regions it comes from) is just as important as the oil supply used to be.

The challenge with Americas mining industry is to to prove the can be environmentally sound and as  big a contributor to the bottom line as the Australian and Canadian mining industries.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/26/2013 8:36:45 PM
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@Hal, thanks for the resources. It's like you were reading my mind with the concern about enviromental standards. I'm glad to know that it is being addressed. It would seem to me that teh advent of solid big data and analytics techhnologies would make this kind of coordinatoin much more reasonable and doable.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/26/2013 8:34:07 PM
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@RJ Matthews, thanks for this thoughtful response. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the US to make this happen?

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Re : Unreliable Mineral Supplies Impede US Innovation
tirlapur   11/26/2013 3:52:01 AM
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Yes, some of the most mineral rich areas are politically unstable. That being said, it is also not in hiding that USA has been receiving minerals at a price lower than what the local markets would sell them for, leading to a global instability in the mineral market. However this mineral trade is going off road mainly because of corruption and guns trafficking. The local government also has to play a huge part. But this does not solve the mineral crisis most CEO's are facing for their companies. Giving mineral mining jobs locally can ease the process out a little bit and remove all the importation tax and at the same time have situations under control, both political, and economic.

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Hal Quinn   11/25/2013 4:41:09 PM
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The long lead times needed to get mines up and running are indeed a challenge faced by manufacturers that need to procure minerals in a timely manner — especially here in the U.S., where permitting can take nearly a decade. If the United States is to compete with other countries for mining investment dollars — and make minerals more accessible to domestic industries — we need policy change. The Senate must now take up legislation that would streamline the minerals mine permitting process. Some are under the wrong impression that a more streamlined process would compromise environmental standards, but that's absolutely not the case. The House-passed "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013" would simply ensure coordination between the many government bodies tasked with permitting to bring efficiency to the process, all while maintaining existing  environmental protections. Australia and Canada have proven that prioritizing minerals development and safeguarding the environment can go hand-in-hand; it's time our leaders did the same. Visit www.mineralsmakelife.org to track the progress of minerals legislation in Congress. 

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R.J.Matthews   11/25/2013 6:43:21 AM
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The west can compete with China it just has to reverse some historic mistakes one being the imbalance between the time, money and political energy spent on the Middle East rather than Africa the other that a free unregulated market can solve all problems.

Think we will see a shift anyway now that America is less dependent on Middle Eastern oil to what other resources are important. America can take the lead in helping clean up the mineral trade generally and this will help the countries where the mineral comes from improving conditions and increase the world wide supply of minerals leading to enough of a supply for everyone.

The mining free market is working best at the moment for the Chinese who have the financial firepower to just go out a grab what they want. The mining sector does not work that well worldwide anyway and usually as it fluctuates between feast and famine with long lead times needed to get mines up and running with investors chasing what is ever the hot metal of the moment.

It needs someone to sit down and work out what could be the mineral needs ten twenty thirty years down track like the Chinese are doing rather than just looking forward to the next election.

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nimantha.d   11/25/2013 1:08:16 AM
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@flyingscot: True but whom do you suggest to compete with China on this matter ?    

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FLYINGSCOT   11/24/2013 5:46:46 PM
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China is investing heavily in the sub continent specifically to shore up future mineral flows.  We need to be careful not a create a monopoly that does not best serve the needs of the planet and the creatures that inhabit the planet. 

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/22/2013 7:36:14 PM
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Thanks for these points...very interesting indeed. You make solid points. Minerals are globally souced--and somethign that manufacturers in the electronics industry think about increasingly. I'd be interested to know what are the most important legislative steps that need to be taken? What is holding that back?



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