Congressman Paul Gosar, sending a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo seeking documents and background information on what he claims is a secret meeting held in March with foreign mining corporations.
Gosar called the reports “deeply disturbing,” and accused the Biden administration of turning its back on U.S. mining industry and “hard-working Americans.
According to Gosar, the Biden Administration began meeting with Canadian officials in March 2021. Gosar claims that the administration is arranging for Canadian mining to displace new American mines in the supply chain for critical minerals and new renewable technology manufacturing.
News reports on the meeting highlighted more that 30 attendees to discover ways to boost Canadian production of electric vehicle materials. Earlier this year, Ranking Member Gosar wrote an op-ed that highlighted this issue and the importance of critical minerals. In April, Rep. Gosar and other leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter to the White House calling for more American mining.
“Reports of a secret meeting in March hosted by high-ranking United States Department of Commerce officials to promote Canadian production of electric vehicles are deeply disturbing. By favoring foreign production of critical minerals used in battery development, Mr. Biden has once again turned his back on our domestic mining industry and hard-working Americans.
“Securing our critical minerals supply chain serves our domestic industries and national security,” said Gosar. “Rather than expanding our reliance on foreign dependence, this Administration should be working to create American jobs and building domestic production.”
“We know that we need these minerals to address supply chain challenges and rising demand and we also know that they should be sourced in the United States. We have the best workforce and the strongest environmental protections,” concluded Rep. Gosar.