The United States Needs a Shift in Perspective on Mining

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian and Program Manager Simon Lomax write about how the energy transition involves more than a move away from high-carbon fuels to low- and zero-carbon fuels. It also entails the fundamental reorganization of the global economy around so-called critical minerals—the metals and other raw materials needed to build electric cars, solar panels, power lines, and other technologies that cut carbon emissions. The United States needs to build new mines and expand existing mines. Rather than stop digging, the United States needs to start.  June 1, 2023.