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    Conflict Minerals: Another of Dodd–Frank's Hidden Costs

    On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a little-known section (and there are many) of the Dodd–Frank financial regulation bill that will end up doing the most harm to the people in the Congo that it purports to help. The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Title … More

    Taking the Critical out of "Critical Materials"

    Rare earths and other strategic minerals are front and center again, with a bill being brought to the House floor this week. When Members of Congress consider “critical” materials, they should bear in mind that the materials aren’t actually critical and that government should therefore play a very limited role. … More

    Access to Domestic Reserves Is Best Solution to Rare Earths Dilemma

    Following reports of an alleged blockage of shipments of rare earth minerals from China to the U.S. and Europe, Congressman Edward Markey (D–MA) turned to the Obama Administration for clarification and to express his concern. In a letter to the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Commerce, as well as the … More

    Rare Earths: Cause for Worry, not Panic

    There are legitimate concerns over Chinese dominance in rare earth minerals but the near-frenzied nature of some of some assessments is unjustified. The long-term problems stemming from Chinese control will be resolved by the market; only the short-term problems are potentially threatening, and those remain vague. Rare earths have achieved … More