Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Senate hearing on Critical Minerals bill
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday on S.1600, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. The hearing was webcast and recorded. You can watch the entire 2-1/2 hour proceedings online at
http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?ID=e42aa3f2-dc0a-4395-8377-0665c856ff5a [Right, screen shot of Sen. Lisa Murkowski from the webcast]
A summary from AAAS says the bill "would address the ability of the U.S. to protect its stock of up to 20 minerals (e.g., lithium). The legislation, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, would authorize the Department of Interior to identify and track critical mineral deposits crucial for U.S. defense, energy, and commercial needs. In addition, it would direct the Department of Energy to conduct research into alternative minerals."
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