On August 27th, IMA-NA submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to its request for information on "Critical and Strategic Materials Supply Chains". IMA-NA's comments focused on the importance of minerals in general, and industrial minerals specifically, to our economy. Our dependence on minerals in order to maintain a high standard of life was used to highlight the significance of, not only, minerals currently classified as critical or strategic but also industrial minerals to society.
The comments then moved on to push for investment in the Mineral Resources Program at USGS, as our only unbiased source of information on the state of minerals across the globe. In order to properly understand the mineral supply chain and its vulnerabilities one needs to have both a source of information with the ability to forecast trends. IMA-NA believes the Mineral Resources Program should be funded to reflect our reliance on minerals with a long term goal of significant forecasting capabilities.
To read IMA-NA's comments click on the attachment at the end of this post.