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Praise for TREM10

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Held March 17-18, 2010 in Washington DC at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row

"Many thanks for organizing such a productive conference "

"That was a great conference, by the way"

"To me, the TREM process is endless. TREM '11 should excel."



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Date: March 22-23, 2011

Location: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington VA

TREM10 was called the best conference of the year by some, and TREM11 exceeded it. TREM11 included speakers and participants from the defense, energy, and mining industries, as well as key government policy makers.

Our keynote speakers are:

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The Honorable Laurence Golborne, Chilean Minister of Mining and Minister of Energy
  • Toshikazu Okuya, Special Advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Dr. Cyrus Wadia, Senior Policy Analyst to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Day 1: Tuesday March 22, 2011

8:00  Breakfast & Registration

9:00  Opening Remarks: TREM11 Chaiman Yaron Vorona

9:15  Defense and Space Critical Materials Strategies

  • Major General Robert Latiff , National Materials Advisory Board
  • I. Sam Higuchi, NASA

10:15  Break

10:30  The Geopolitics of Metals:

  • Moderator: Dr. Gal Luft, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
  • Robert Cekuta, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy, Sanctions and Commodities
  • Gen. Gregory S. Martin former Commander US Air Force Material Command
  • Yuji Nishikawa, Metal Economics Research Institute of Japan
  • Terence Stewart, Stewart & Stewart

12:00  Energy Critical Material Strategy: Diana Bauer, Department of Energy

12:45  Cobalt Lunch - Sponsored by Global Cobalt

  • Erin Chutter, Global Cobalt

1:30  International Address: Toshikazu Okuya, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economy Trade & Industry, Government of Japan

2:00  Supply & Demand Forecast

  • Moderator: Yaron Vorona, TREM Center
  • Lithium: Daniela Desormeaux, signumBOX
  • Rare Earths: Judith Chegwidden, Roskill
  • And Beyond: Jack Lifton, Technology Metals Research

3:00  Networking Break

3:30 Linking the Supply Chain: Strategies Beyond the Mine

  • Moderator: Keith Delaney, Rare Earth Industry & Technology Association
  • David Kennedy, Great Western Minerals Group
  • Jim Sims, Molycorp Minerals
  • Michael Walmer, Electron Energy Corporation
  • Pat Wong, Innovation Metals Corporation

4:45  Conflict Minerals & the Supply Chain

  • Moderator: Dr. Gal Luft, IAGS
  • Brad Brooks-Rubin, US Department of State
  • Ted Jeffries, Intel and EiCC/GeSI Conflict Metals Audit Committee
  • David Sullivan, Enough Project

Day 2: Wednesday March 23, 2011

8:00  Breakfast & Registration

9:00  White House Address: Cyrus Wadia, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

9:20  Breaking Barriers to Electrification

  • Moderator: Anne Korin, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
  • Seifi Ghasemi, Rockwood Holdings (Chemetall Lithium)
  • Genevieve Cullen, Electric Drive Transportation Association
  • Seth Fletcher, Popular Science Magazine

10:30  Break

10:45  Congressional Message: Senator Lisa Murkoswki, Alaska (by Video)

  • Introduction: Jim McKenzie, Ucore Rare Metals

11:00  Legislation: Past, Present and Future

  • Moderator: Dr. Gal Luft, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
  • Allyson Anderson, US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Jeff Green, J.A. Green & Co
  • Jim Sims, Molycorp Minerals

12:00 TREM Center Documentary: Lithium - The Lightweight Champion

12:15 Lithium Lunch Sponsored by Rockwood Holdings

1:15  Keynote Address: The Honorable Laurence Golborne, Minister of Energy and Minister of Mining, Government of Chile

  • Introduction: Seifi Ghasemi, Rockwood Holdings

2:00  Breaking Barriers to Domestic Development

  • Moderator: Gal Luft, IAGS
  • Katie Sweeney, National Mining Association
  • Nick Vermeulen, Ucore Rare Minerals
  • Amiel Blajchman, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

3:15 Break

3:45 Emerging Sources of Technology Metals

  • Moderator: Anne Korin, IAGS
  • Australia: Steve Ward, Arafura Resources
  • Greenland: Dr. John Mair, Greenland Minerals
  • Recycling: Larry Seeley, Neo Material Technologies
  • Canada: Andre Gauthier, Matamec Exploration

5:15 Closing Remarks: TREM11 Chairman Yaron Vorona

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TREM12 Full Agenda

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Date: March 13-14, 2012

Location: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington VA


TREM12 was a fantastic success - Our keynote speakers were:

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The Honorable David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary of Energy
  • His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the US
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert Cekuta, Bureau of Energy Security




Obama Files WTO Case Against China

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March 13, 2012

On the first day of the TREM12 critical materials policy conference in the capitol region, President Obama announced that the US was filing a case against China before the World Trade Organization. Standing in the Rose Garden of the White House, the President made the following remarks, which were streamed live to TREM12 attendees at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

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Rose Garden

11:37 A.M. EDT


Now, one of the things that I talked about during the State of the Union address was making America more competitive in the global economy.  The good news is that we have the best workers and the best businesses in the world.  They turn out the best products.  And when the playing field is level, they’ll always be able to compete and succeed against every other country on Earth.

President Barack ObamaBut the key is to make sure that the playing field is level.  And frankly, sometimes it’s not.  I will always try to work our differences through with other countries.  We prefer dialogue.  That’s especially true when it comes to key trading partners like China.  We've got a constructive economic relationship with China, and whenever possible, we are committed to working with them to addressing our concerns.  But when it is necessary, I will take action if our workers and our businesses are being subjected to unfair practices.

Since I took office, we’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration, and these actions are making a difference.  For example, we halted an unfair surge in Chinese tires, which has helped put over 1,000 American workers back on the job.  But we haven't stopped there.

Two weeks ago, I created a Trade Enforcement Unit to aggressively investigate any unfair trade practices taking place anywhere in the world.  And as they ramp up their efforts, our competitors should be on notice:  You will not get away with skirting the rules.  When we can, we will rally support from our allies.  And when it makes sense to act on our own, we will.

I just signed a bill to help American companies that are facing unfair foreign competition.  These companies employ tens of thousands of Americans in nearly 40 states.  Because of subsidies from foreign governments, some of their foreign competitors are selling products at an artificially low price.  That needs to stop.

This morning, we’re taking an additional step forward.  We’re bringing a new trade case against China -- and we’re being joined by Japan and some of our European allies.  This case involves something called rare earth materials, which are used by American manufacturers to make high-tech products like advanced batteries that power everything from hybrid cars to cell phones.

We want our companies building those products right here in America.  But to do that, American manufacturers need to have access to rare earth materials -- which China supplies.  Now, if China would simply let the market work on its own, we’d have no objections.  But their policies currently are preventing that from happening.  And they go against the very rules that China agreed to follow.

Being able to manufacture advanced batteries and hybrid cars in America is too important for us to stand by and do nothing.  We've got to take control of our energy future, and we can’t let that energy industry take root in some other country because they were allowed to break the rules.  So our administration will bring this case against China today, and we will keep working every single day to give American workers and American businesses a fair shot in the global economy.

We're going to make sure that this isn’t a country that’s just known for what we consume.  America needs to get back to doing what it's always done best -- a country that builds and sells products all over the world that are stamped with the proud words:  "Made in America."  That’s how we create good, middle-class jobs at home, and that’s how we're going to create an economy that’s built to last.

Thank you very much, everybody.


11:42 A.M. EDT



Conference Call July 15, 2010 - Recording of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Staff

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July 20, 2010


Last week, we were thrilled to have Colin Hayes join us for an informative session on the Senate’s Rare Earth Supply-chain Technology And Resources Transformation (RESTART) Act.  The bill was introduced recently by Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and is a companion bill to the one announced by Representative Mike Coffman from Colorado at our TREM10 event in March.

The call was for educational purposes only. Nearly 100 people registered to be on the call including participants from the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Alaskan State Legislature, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Bureau of Land Management, the USGS and the Australian Embassy. We also hosted participants from the mining industry, defense contractors, chemical companies, 2 of the big 3 US automakers, the electronics industry, magnet manufacturers, and the press.


Colin Hayes returned to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee as Professional Staff in 2007, where he is now responsible for the climate change, CO2 sequestration, clean energy finance, and mining portfolio under Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (AK). Previously, Colin served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Craig Thomas (WY) for energy and environmental issues. Prior to that, he held a number of positions with Senator Pete V. Domenici (NM) both in his personal office and on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee from 2003 to 2006.


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