Rare Earth Minerals

June 30, 2022

U.S. Drillers Get Creative to Meet Demand

High gas prices continue to plague consumers and dominate social media, a topic Energy Fairness has covered quite a bit lately. Fortunately, U.S. drillers are finding new ways to produce crude oil economically, a development that should help place downward pressure on prices.  While the Biden Administration has called on […]
June 23, 2022

Biden Administration Calls For Gas Tax Holiday

Gas prices have been rising for months with no relief in sight. With the Biden Administration becoming increasingly desperate to assuage the public, the President has asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for three months to take pressure off consumers. Will it work?  “President Biden understands that high […]
June 16, 2022

The Heat is Rising And So Is CCUS Interest

The heat is on in much of the U.S. this week, with around 65 million people under some form of heat advisory. The above-average temperatures reinforce the need to combat climate change, but also should remind policy makers that we must focus on all tools in the fight to lower […]
June 9, 2022

President Biden Takes Executive Action To Accelerate Clean Energy 

Frustrated with the pace of U.S. manufacturing of clean energy technology, President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic manufacturing of solar panels and other clean energy technology. The Defense Production Act of 1950 was first enacted on September 8, 1950, in response to the […]
June 2, 2022

EV Interest is Up, But Supplies Are Down

With gas prices spiking to new levels and future summer road trips on the horizon, you may be asking if now is the right time to buy an electric vehicle (EV)? Maybe. While Energy Fairness has enthusiastically supported EV adoption for years, the decision to take the plunge can be […]
May 20, 2022

Energy Fairness Releases New Briefing on Net Metering for Policymakers

As customers nationwide explore solar power options, it is critical that policymakers understand the relationship between residential users and electric utilities. A key part of this relationship is the financial arrangement between utilities and customers when a homeowner produces excess electricity and returns that power to the grid, an arrangement […]
May 18, 2022

What’s Next for the Texas Power Grid?

The Texas power grid simply can’t catch a break. The system faced blackouts during a record-breaking winter storm last year, ultimately contributing to more than 200 deaths. You’d think Texas officials would have taken decisive action to prevent this situation from ever happening again.  Sadly, they haven’t. This past Friday, […]
May 10, 2022

Hope May Be On the Horizon for Diablo Canyon

Over the years, Energy Fairness has taken a firm stance against the closure of California’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon. Energy experts have long worried that the Golden State’s power grid is not ready to face the consequences of having the plants close. Nonetheless, the plants have still been scheduled […]
May 4, 2022

Biden Administration Begrudgingly Resumes Oil and Gas Leases

Last month, the Biden Administration announced it would open 144,000 acres of federally-owned lands for new oil and gas leases. Opening these lands to support America’s energy needs is a good thing, but it shouldn’t have taken the Biden Administration so long to see the wisdom of opening new lease […]
April 15, 2022

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Prompts Nuclear Renaissance in UK

Several European countries have found themselves strapped for energy supplies in recent months. The fallout from the Covid 19 pandemic and Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine has caused prices to skyrocket and sparked fears of shortages. Even the world’s most sophisticated and developed countries have not been immune to this […]
April 8, 2022

Biden Administration Takes Action To Secure Critical Rare Earth Minerals

We’ve written many times about the need for the U.S. to secure a reliable supply of rare earth minerals. Unfortunately, shortages and supply chain issues have plagued the industry and ultimately contributed to the slow growth of electric vehicle (E.V.) adoption. Fortunately, the Biden Administration is invoking a Cold War-era […]
March 25, 2022

U.S. Leads the World in LNG Exports

We’ve written many times about the bright future for U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. Two years ago, we noted how the U.S. was on track to become the world’s largest LNG exporter by 2023. However, we’ve reached that milestone a year early as Europe’s energy crisis has increased demand […]
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Domestic Shortage of Rare Earth Minerals for EVs

Last Friday, President Trump invoked a rarely used section of the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to start making badly needed ventilators. However, this was the second time in less than a year that the President utilized this little-known law in the national security interests of the United States. Last […]
July 17, 2020

U.S. Acts to Secure Domestic Sources of Rare Earth Minerals 

We’ve written previously about our dangerous dependence on China for its supply of so-called rare earth elements.  This dependency has become a significant problem as the coronavirus epidemic has disrupted global supply chains of these critical minerals from China. Fortunately, the Trump Administration has taken steps to safeguard supply chains […]
March 18, 2021

U.S. Lithium Production Turns the Corner

There’s no doubt that the U.S has been behind the eight ball when it comes to the domestic production of lithium. That’s something we’ve frequently pointed out. Fortunately, our calls for action have not gone unheeded – and it’s not a moment too soon!  As we slowly emerge from the […]
June 2, 2021

In an About-Face, Biden Announces U.S. To Look Elsewhere for Lithium Supplies

In March, we were relieved to hear that the Biden Administration was taking action to secure a domestic supply of lithium and other essential minerals for EV production. That relief was short-lived. Facing pushback from environmental activists and lawmakers alike, the Administration now intends to rely on imports to supply […]
August 27, 2021

U.S. Departure from Afghanistan Complicates Rare Earth Minerals Market

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the 13 U.S. Marines currently identified as having lost their lives in deadly attacks in Kabul and offer our prayers for those Americans and others still awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan. As Americans reel from the loss of at […]
February 11, 2022

Lithium Drilling Begins in California

We’ve written many times about the importance of securing a domestic supply of lithium. This so-called “white gold” is an essential component in electric vehicle batteries and electronics and will play a significant role in our clean energy transition. Presently, most of the world’s lithium comes from South America or […]