Think about where we get all the stuff we use. It all comes from the earth: food and fiber is grown; metals, fuels, and chemicals come from mining.
Both farming and mining provide the raw materials we need, but too often now, the manufacturing end of the process was going overseas, perhaps because of less expensive labor, but increasingly because federal regulations make starting a new mine very expensive and time consuming.
The National Mining Association opines: “Although the U.S. remains one of the largest consumers of minerals, our outdated, duplicative mining permitting process can delay projects up 10 years! By streamlining the federal permitting process, new mining projects would be able to more efficiently come online, contribute to a domestic manufacturing resurgence and create desperately needed jobs in both industries – mining and manufacturing.”
An short NMA video (just over one minute) “depicts the widespread re-shoring of manufacturing operations that are expected to create between 2.5 to 5 million American jobs by 2020. As you know, America’s manufacturing comeback is only possible with stable access to key mineral resources, and we have more than $6.2 trillion worth of these resources waiting to be developed right here in the United States.
Watch video here:
How NEPA crushes productivity