Rare earth and uranium mining are crucial to modern life in the United States. Rare earths are necessary for a wide array of everyday products from iPhones to advanced medical support to defense equipment, and to our digital society. Uranium fuels 20 percent of our electricity. Fortunately, the United States has the capacity to expand domestic production of both rare earths and uranium, which could reinvigorate our economy, add jobs, and increase revenues to suffering state budgets.
The Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force’s publication, titled Dig It! Rare Earth and Uranium Mining Potential in the States, details rare earth and uranium mining reserves and production, reviews permitting and regulatory hurdles, estimates the economic benefit of developing reserves, and highlights the safety and environmental track record of mining.