Home > newsroom > Page
Minerals in Our Everyday Lives


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 - Today, the Full Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup on 18 bills including legislation that will help develop critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, building materials and motor vehicles to personal hygiene products.
Over 66 individual minerals are used to make the typical computer, including silver, aluminum, copper and gold.
Four rare earth minerals are required to make a hybrid vehicle: dysprosium, lanthanum, neodymium and praseodymium.
Energy-efficient light bulbs use europium, terbium and yttrium.
iPods require five rare earth minerals: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium and terbium.
Deodorant contains aluminum and the container is made of petroleum products.
A clock includes iron, nickel, petroleum products and silica.
Lipstick and makeup include clay, mica, talc, limestone and petroleum products.
Mail boxes are made of copper and zinc, which make brass.
Pens are made out of limestone, mica, petroleum products, clays, silica and talc.
Toilets are made of clays, silica, copper, zinc, petroleum products and borates.

Contact: Mallory Micetich

Latest News

Bishop: President Ignores Legislative Process in Another Round of Unilateral Monument Designations

Today, President Obama unilaterally designated three new national monuments in the California desert: Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Mon...... Read more

Investigative Report on EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Released by House Committee on Natural Resources Majority Staff

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a Majority staff report detailing information uncovered during the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the EPA’s Gold King Mine blowout near S...... Read more

Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, in...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

The 2016 California Water Supply Outlook During the El Niño and Three Years of Restricted Water Deliveries
Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
The President’s Imposition of New Environmental Mitigation Regulations
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
The U.S. Department of Treasury's Analysis of the Situation in Puerto Rico
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
View All Events