Critical Minerals Committee-EMD
According to the USGS, critical minerals are non-fuel minerals or mineral materials that are essential to the economic and national security of the United States, that has a supply chain vulnerable to disruption, and that serves an essential function in the manufacturing of a product, the absence of which would have significant consequences for the economy or national security. Most developed nations maintain a critical minerals list, including the US, Europe Union, Canada, and Australia, where in many cases they all share a common reliance on China for the raw materials necessary to support a thriving technology-driven 21st century economy. In particular, these include the minerals (elements) vital to aerospace/defense and energy storage technologies like rare earth elements, graphite, lithium, cobalt, and vanadium. Our committee is interested in the professional opportunities this emerging industry presents to our organization, specially those related to the rapidly growing green energy market.