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Simpson: We need to mine for our critical minerals in America

Simpson: We need to mine for our critical minerals in America

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson discussed the importance of mining on federal lands with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland today during a hearing before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.

Simpson discussed the importance of having access to critical and rare earth minerals, which are essential in a number of applications throughout our economy, including battery technology.

“We import far too many critical minerals from sources overseas, and often they come from China and other countries that are not friendly to the United States,” said Simpson. “As the demand for clean energy technologies increases, we need to be able to mine these critical minerals domestically.  Mining companies face challenges because of restrictions from either federal agencies or access to land.”

Simpson also emphasized he wanted to work with Secretary Haaland to improve access for environmentally responsible mining on public lands where these minerals may be found.

“Mining isn’t like it used to be--it is sophisticated and environmentally responsible. If the administration is serious about leveling the playing field with China and enhancing U.S. global competitiveness, we must address the barriers to establishing a domestic supply of these critical resources.”