Home > newsroom > Page
USGS Report: U.S. Increasingly Dependent on Foreign Sources of Minerals


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2010 -

We wanted to make sure everyone saw this release today from the USGS detailing how U.S. mineral production declined by 20% in 2009 – with the estimated value dropping from $71 billion to $57.1 billion.

Minerals are vital to every facet of our economy and necessary for infrastructure, electronics, telecommunication and national security. This decline in production further damages our struggling economy and threatens the jobs of the quarter-of-a-million people work directly in America’s mining industry.

Equally alarming is that U.S. is growing even more dependent of foreign sources of minerals. According to the 2010 report, the United States is now 100% dependent on foreign countries for 19 nonfuel mineral commodities and more than 50% dependent on 38 nonfuel minerals.

It’s also interesting to note that the green energy jobs proposed by the President (including today’s announcement on nuclear energy) are very dependent on minerals:

  • Uranium (85%) is used to produce nuclear energy.
  • Silicon (27%) and titanium (73%) are used to produce solar panels.
  • Zinc (76%) is used to produce wind turbines.
  • Copper (24%) is used for produce hybrid vehicles.

(Numbers represent American dependence on foreign resources)


Contact: Committee Staff

Latest News

Bishop: Obama Administration’s Final Species Petition Regulations Demonstrate Need for ESA Reform

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced final revisions to regulations governing the petition process under the Endangered Species Act (...... Read more

Bishop: Native Hawaiian Rule is Unconstitutional

Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued the final rule to create a Native Hawaiian government. The rule, which is highly disputed and raises difficult constitutional issues, includes new adm...... Read more

Bishop: Obama Administration is Exploiting Native Americans to Advance Their Extreme Environmental Agenda

Today, the U.S. Departments of the Army, the Interior and Justice invited tribal leaders to participate in government-to-government consultations on infrastructure permitting. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-U...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Field Hearing on Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development
Committee on Natural Resources | 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
View All Events