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November Discussion
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By Morgan Bazilian
Director, Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines
" As each of the individual minerals have their own set of supply chain conditions, they will require a suite of thoughtful policy prescriptions. Steps have already been taken towards managing this “strategic vulnerability,” including the introduction of The American Mineral and Security Act (S.1317), requiring the Department of the Interior to develop and maintain a list of critical elements and to improve their domestic production....

"If the future of the critical minerals market is not addressed with effective policy and innovation it could negatively impact the economic and national security of the United States. "
"Professor Bazilian is quite correct in reminding us about critical resources, as many affect the ultimate contribution of renewable energy sources.... There is only a finite amount of lithium that we know of.... This is a serious limitation since transportation represents a vary large fraction of the greenhouse gases that nations emit.... One option that deserves further attention is to chose hybrid cars instead of fully electric cars...." - Herschel Specter , President, Micro-Utilities, Inc.
"One must separate the problem into two parts. In the near-term, the policies that are advocated can help obtain strategic materials. In the long term with the goal of 10 billion people with a higher standard of living, we need to develop technologies not dependent upon strategic materials." - Charles W. Forsberg, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project
  1. What do you see as the best way to address our dependence on foreign sources for these critical minerals?
  2. To what extent does the supply chain security risks of these minerals represent a barrier to climate change targets or goals?
  3. What are the key points across each supply chain for critical minerals where policy interventions are required?
This is our featured discussion for the month of November. Read more about the change to the frequency of our discussions and other updates in our October 2 newsletter .
New Publications
Center University Center
on Global Energy Policy
November 6, 2019
Clean Energy
States Alliance
November 5, 2019
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Video Spotlight

This video recording is from an OurEnergyPolicy conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and environmental journalist Andrew Revkin in December 2018. In the conversation, Dr. Moniz gives his frank insights on climate change politics, global decarbonization, hard-to-decarbonize sectors, geoengineering, prospects for the nuclear energy industry, energy storage, the future of natural gas, and the role of the government versus markets.
Update from Congress

New Legislation

  • Thurs, Nov 7 - Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced a resolution (S.RES. 411) "affirming that the States maintain primacy for the regulation of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas production on State and private lands...."


After more than a decade of steady growth, the share of U.S. electricity sales served by non-utility retail power marketers has grown only slightly since 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA)  survey of electric utilities . Nineteen states and the District of Columbia allow some commercial and industrial customers to choose competitive retail power marketers. Fifteen of those states and the District of Columbia allow customers in all sectors to choose competitive retail   power marketers .
Featured Events
This Week
Washington, D.C.
  • When: Wed, Nov 13, 8-10 a.m.
  • Where: Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

  • When: Wed, Nov 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

  • When: Thurs, Nov 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

  • When: Thurs, Nov 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Where: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

  • When: Thurs, Nov 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
  • When: Fri, Nov 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building

To see more upcoming energy events across the country, visit the OEP Events Calendar .
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