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The Falsehood of “Critical and Strategic” Minerals

October 25, 2023 , 4:00 pm 5:00 pm EDT

According to the Department of Energy, a “critical mineral” is defined as “any mineral, element, substance, or material designated as critical by the Secretary of the Interior.” The label frames dangerous extractive practices as being essential to mineral demand in the U.S. and necessary for the transition to renewable energy.

The definition of “critical mineral” threatens to reduce environmental and community health protections and evade environmental oversight. Lawmakers across the country have introduced industry-backed policies that camouflage harmful extractive practices as necessary for national security.

In this webinar, CHE-Alaska will be joined by Bonnie Gestring and Austin Ahmasuk to discuss the false framework of strategic minerals and how the mining industry uses this terminology to evade environmental impact reviews, permitting, and public comment processes.

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