Dear Mr. Mosley: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) 2021 Draft List of Critical Minerals.
Critical minerals are fundamental components to many emerging and important U.S. industries, including defense, aerospace, renewable energies, semiconductors, electric vehicles, medical equipment, and consumer goods. The U.S. previously led the world in the production and processing of certain critical minerals, but today we rely on certain countries for most of our supply. The Chamber’s membership includes companies across the strategic and end-to-end critical mineral supply chain, including those involved in exploration, extraction, processing, end-product manufacturing, and recycling. Our comments are informed by this cross-sector perspective and underscore the importance of a robust critical mineral strategy.