Extra Edition – If it can’t be grown, it must be mined

The Resource Development Council (RDC) is hosting its 42nd Annual Membership Luncheon tomorrow in Anchorage. The keynote speaker for the event is Hal Quinn, President & CEO of the National Mining Association who will speak on the “New Direction for American Mining and Energy Policy.”

Mr. Quinn sent an email this morning about the global increase in electric cars and the materials required to build those cars – most of which come from mining. He says, in part:

“The good news is the U.S. has abundant minerals required to meet this demand. For example, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that one million tons of cobalt resources exist across states like Minnesota, Alaska, California, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Michigan—some of which could be produced directly and some in the form of byproducts to other metals.

In fact, Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory has committed to sourcing the raw materials used to make its electric vehicle batteries strictly from North America.

While using U.S. mined minerals and metals is an important supply chain consideration and environmentally advantageous for Tesla, domestic production remains low. Why? The U.S. mine permitting process stands in the way of timely access to U.S. mineral resources by creating protracted delays that can last up to 10 years.”

That’s right, Alaska has some of the minerals we need. IF we are allowed to responsibly develop our resources.

Click here to read the blog post on the National Mining Association’s website and to learn more about the mining permitting process.

“If it can’t be grown, it must be mined.”