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Rare earths and other energy-critical elements are used in a range of equipment from advanced military to renewable energy. Production of some of the elements is heavily concentrated in China while American mining is restarting but faces multiple challenges.
The situation has brought calls for government intervention to ensure supply. Many of these calls are misguided. The national security risk is moderate. The commercial market for critical elements is functioning well and could easily be warped by government action. Our panel will discuss the scientific, commercial, and security dimensions of the issues and what if anything should be done about them.
More About the Speakers
Robert L. Jaffe, Ph.D.
Morningstar Professor of Physics, MIT
Michael A. Levi, Ph.D.
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
Derek Scissors, Ph. D.
Research Fellow for Asia Economy, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center