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Defense Appropriations Act Focuses on Technology & Rare Earth Metals

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Bill HR5136) is the bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

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Renewable Energy Begins at the Mine

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by Gal Luft, March 22, 2010

Despite the recent failure of the Copenhagen climate summit to produce a binding treaty for greenhouse gas reduction, in the coming years the share of renewable energy in our energy portfolio is expected to grow significantly. But as the world moves away from fossil fuels, industrial minerals like lithium, cobalt, indium, gallium, tellurium, vanadium, and chromium, to name a few, are becoming increasingly strategic and failure to ensure their supply could not only strip the green revolution of any meaningful content but also create unnecessary national security vulnerabilities for the U.S.

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China’s Rare Earth Elements Industry: What Can the West Learn

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The following article was submitted to the Journal of Energy Security by Cindy Hurst. Cindy Hurst is an analyst for the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, KS.

 

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Lithium: Facts from the Santiago Conference 2009

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by R. Keith Evans,
January, 2009

A conference entitled “Lithium Supply and Markets” organised by Industrial Minerals mgazine was held in Santiago, Chile, in January this year. It was attended by 150 geologists, mining engineers, chemical engineers, producers, would be producers, battery experts and consumers.

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DOE Announces RFI on Rare Earth Metals

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Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow has asked that TREM members be made aware of the following press release.

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US GAO Releases Rare Earth Report

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Rare Earth Materials in the Defense Supply Chain

Today, the US Government Accountability Office announced its response to the the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111-84), which required GAO to submit a report on rare earth materials in the defense supply chain to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives by April 1, 2010.

The full text of the report can be found here:

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10617r.pdf

Congressman Coffman Announces RESTART Bill Introduction

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In keeping with the high impact of our event, on March 18, 2010 Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-6) reported on the new Rare Earth Supply-chain Technology and Resources Transformation Act (RESTART Act) introduced the day before in Congress.

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Assistant Secretary Sandalow Announces New Initiative

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The inaugural policy summit of TREM is truly a unique event. At our proceedings on March 17, 2010, Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow has announced a new initiative.

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