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By Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
 Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
" America’s reliance on foreign nations for minerals is an acute risk that we need to take seriously and reverse .... We have effectively surrendered the front end of the supply chain to other nations. If we fail to adjust course, we will continue to cede jobs and economic growth. We will face supply disruptions and price spikes for essential building blocks that we effectively choose not to produce. The Trump administration deserves credit for the steps it has taken to change our trajectory, and I have re-introduced my American Mineral Security Act to strengthen those efforts .... " Read more.
Please respond to the questions below or reply to a comment in the discussion.
  • Question 1: What impacts from COVID are you seeing on energy supply chains in your role at your company or organization? Has this brought new insights or caused you to view energy supply chains differently?
  • Question 2: What actions can the United States take to develop domestic critical mineral supplies and supply chains? Is there anything you would add to the Senator’s American Mineral Security Act?
  • Question 3: Which domestic clean energy supply chains are set up for success, and which need additional support, especially for resilience amid a pandemic or other supply chain challenge?
" I certainly agree with Senator Murkowski that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global supply chains on which our health and economy depend. Few Americans, I think, understood the degree of that dependence. Products and services that we have taken for granted turn out to involve supply chains rooted in China. Before we dive too deeply into how to rectify that situation, it behooves us to ask ourselves just how we got into it, and what it bought us. Full energy and resource independence, if we could achieve it, would have knock-on effects. They might not all be positive. I’m pretty sure we could achieve it, if we made it a priority, but not sure we should...." - Roger Arnold , Systems Architect, Silverthorn Engineering
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May 13, 2020
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May 14, 2020
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