ICYMI: BIDEN ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS IN MINERAL PRODUCTION TO EASE SUPPLY CHAIN SHORTAGES
Investments Boost America’s Manufacturing and Self-Reliance
President Biden announced new investments to ensure America can produce critical minerals and materials used in a wide array of devices, including computers, smartphones, cars, and more. These investments will strengthen America’s domestic supply chains and lower reliance on foreign goods.
Many of these investments are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $140 million for sustainability efforts to recover rare minerals from coal ash and other mine waste, as well as $3 billion for refining lithium, cobalt, nickel, graphite, and other battery recycling facilities.
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- “Today we’re announcing a major investment in domestic production of key minerals and materials,” Biden said at a White House event. “China controls most of the global market of these minerals and the fact (is) that we can’t build a future that’s made in America if we ourselves are dependent on China for the materials that power the products of today and tomorrow. And this is not anti-China or anti anything else. It’s pro-American.”
Biden said the US needs a supply chain that is “reliable” and includes “critical materials like lithium, graphite, rare earth materials, which are badly needed for so many American products.” He added that “up to now, we’ve had to import a significant portion of them, close to 100% importation, from other countries, particularly China, Australia and Chile.”
The administration was also expected to announce $140 million in funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law to recover rare minerals from coal ash and other mine waste, a sustainability effort the administration projects will reduce the need for new mining while protecting manufacturing jobs in the coal sector.
The infrastructure law also directs $3 billion in funding for refining lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite, and battery recycling facilities, according to the White House.
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