calls on the administration to access America’s own resources
Today, during a hearing of the US Senate Energy Committee on the DOE budget, US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and a number of her colleagues on both sides of the aisle emphasized the importance of capital to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm America’s domestic energy and critical minerals supply chain. Senator Murkowski urged the Biden government to pursue domestic mining and critical mineral production opportunities.
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“We pay close attention to this critical mineral problem and where we get them from. They cite an IEA report that “electric vehicles require six times as much minerals as a conventional car, and an onshore wind turbine requires nine times more natural resources than a comparable gas system.” So we have to get it from somewhere, ”said Senator Murkowski. “I appreciate the focus on recycling; I know we need to do more and I am working on this with some of my colleagues. But I think we need to remember that we have to make it before we can recycle it. So we have to get these minerals from somewhere. “
Senator Murkowski referred to a recent Reuters article highlighting the Biden government’s meeting to discuss electric vehicle supply chains between the US and Canada. Senator Murkowski was troubled to see Canada as America’s “51st State ”was designated when it comes to mineral production opportunities where Alaska has such incredible resource development potential.
“I come from a state where we are blessed with extraordinary natural resources. We have some great mining opportunities. We have a facility in the southeastern part of the state that will be a source of not only critical minerals but also heavy rare earths, and we want to name a processing facility right there in that region. It’s really pretty exciting. But we have to be able to move forward with these mines. “
Secretary of State Granholm agreed that America should focus on developing a full domestic supply chain rather than relying on other countries. “We should do the whole thing, from soup to nuts – the whole chain,” said Granholm.
Background: As a resource developing state, Alaska has immense potential on a local, national and global level. But despite growing interest in bringing domestic resources to market, America continues to rely on overseas to meet our oil, gas and mineral needs. This hearing builds on Senator Murkowski’s zealous efforts to advance policy initiatives to create greater opportunities for America’s domestic energy and major mineral markets. Recognizing that U.S. approval times are some of the longest in the world, Murkowski passed law in April 2021 to improve the quality and timeliness of federal approval and review processes for critical state mineral production. Senator Murkowski also delivered a speech in the U.S. Senate, expressing concern about the direction the Biden administration was taking on energy security and pointing out harmful measures such as blocking additional states and bodies of water. During her speech, she discussed concerns about America’s reliance on foreign nations to meet our resource needs and emphasized the importance of enabling responsible resource development in the United States. It then introduced the Strategic Energy and Minerals Initiative (SEMI) Act in May 2021. Your bill enables US companies to better compete in global markets by promoting responsible, domestic production of oil, gas, and minerals. The bill enables the United States to compete in the global energy and critical mineral markets by supporting an all-of-the-above-mentioned energy strategy, pushing back multilateral development banks that restrict fossil fuel and coal development, and energy – and promote mineral exports.