In commemoration of Earth Day, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-7) introduced the Energy Resource Governance Initiative Act.
Washington, DC – In commemoration of Earth Day, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-7) introduced the Energy Resource Governance Initiative Act of 2021, which would formalize the State Department’s role to develop clean and secure supply chains of critical minerals. By doing so, the United States and our allies would be better positioned to meet the increased demand for clean energy technologies.
“As we look for ways to better lower our carbon footprint and global emissions, one thing remains clear: we need to have a diverse source of clean energy. Unfortunately, many clean technologies source their critical minerals from the world’s number one polluter: the People’s Republic of China. By formalizing the State Department’s Energy Resource Governance Initiative, we will reject the Chinese Communist Party’s polluting policies by diversifying the critical mineral supply chain for the rest of the world,” said Congressman Kinzinger (R-IL). “This legislation will ensure that the United States remains the global leader in clean technology innovation. I’m grateful to my colleague, Congresswoman Spanberger, for her tireless work in helping introduce this measure.”
The Resource Governance Initiative – founded by Australia, Botswana, Canada, Peru, and the United States – was created to share good governance principles and best practices in the mining sector of developing countries.
“The climate crisis presents significant challenges, but it also presents unique opportunities for the United States to chart the path forward. Our ability to address climate change is a critical economic and national security issue, and we can take steps that improve our standing on these fronts while also improving our own resilience and economic opportunity – including by promoting sound practices within the energy and mining sectors internationally,” said Congresswoman Spanberger (D-VA). “This legislation would empower the United States to take the lead on these issues. The bill would improve the security of our supply chains, strengthen ongoing sustainability efforts, and support global economic and environmental goals – all while ensuring the United States is setting the standards of the future and keeping American companies competitive. I’m proud to stand with my colleague Congressman Kinzinger in introducing this bipartisan legislation today.”
The bill text for the Energy Resource Governance Initiative Act of 2021 can be attached as a PDF and on the Congressman’s website here.