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A Critical Minerals Policy for the United States: The Role of Congress in Scaling Domestic Supply and De-Risking Supply Chains

June 20, 2023

The United States currently faces a rapidly shifting global environment that increasingly places strategic importance on responsible and resilient access to critical minerals. These minerals—which are essential inputs to a wide range of applications ranging from clean energy technologies to advanced defense systems—will continue to increase in importance over the coming decades. Global competition over these resources due to the rapidly accelerating energy transition, fragmentation of international supply chains, and rising geopolitical tensions with adversaries is of key importance to the climate, economic, and national security interests of the United States in the 21st century.There is an urgent need for policymakers to define a coordinated critical minerals strategy for the United States. A U.S. critical minerals strategy must set out to achieve two objectives. First, it must seek to responsibly increase domestic and global production and processing of critical minerals at the scale and timeline needed to limit global temperature increases. Second, it must aim to secure responsible and resilient critical mineral supply chains that minimize vulnerability to external risks.

Conservation Finance & Impact Invest for U.S. Water: A Report from the 2016 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

November 9, 2016

This report summarizes the Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum discussions of May 2016, offering various approaches to financing water infrastructure.KEY FINDINGS:Business as usual is not sustainable—we as a society are now paying for the "can-kicking" that has occurred while we debated responsibility for U.S. water resources.The water issues we face as a nation continue to grow as the water community dithers and invests in one-off projects, rather than focusing on scaled solutions like regionalization and integration.Money is not the issue; there is plenty of private capital available to meet the current water funding gap, but there are significant barriers to impactful and innovative financing.Government regulation and public education can go hand in hand to gain public support for improved water management while supporting social equity.Leadership is one of the prime movers for innovative finance projects in the water space.