Reps. Gosar, Bishop and Meadows: Trump should preserve US uranium mining industry

Fox News | 7/14/2019 | Paul Gosar
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Values - America - West - States - Territories

The values that settled and protected America’s West are unwavering and unchanging. In the 33 states and territories of the 75 members of our bipartisan Congressional Western Caucus, we believe in local and regional control of our destiny, not reliance on others.

We fiercely advance energy dominance and independence. And we are committed to securing America’s energy future and national security.

Values - Fact - US - Utilities - Sources

Contradicting these longstanding values is the fact that U.S. utilities rely on foreign sources for 98 percent of the uranium they use to fuel the nuclear power plants that provide 20 percent of our country’s electricity.

Uranium also fuels our nuclear Navy. But instead of buying from the domestic uranium mining companies that once thrived in the West, utilities are enriching adversarial countries like Russia and China.

Plan - Russia - Allies - Market - Companies

Following their carefully orchestrated geopolitical plan, Russia and its allies flood the global market with uranium from state-owned companies, making it impossible for America and other free-market economies to compete.

Meanwhile, quietly and gradually, China has been buying up previously free-market uranium mines to control global supply.

Jobs - Home - Resources - Power - Grid

Rather than keep good jobs here at home and depend on our own resources to power the electric grid, the U.S. jeopardizes national security by relying on nations that have demonstrated their will to undermine our defense infrastructure and our economy, and to do us harm.

As a result, America’s uranium mining industry is dying. U.S. uranium mining companies produced 721,000 pounds of uranium last year – only enough to fuel one nuclear reactor.

Uranium - Mining - Industries - Countries - Canada

And the uranium mining industries in allied countries, such as Canada and Australia, face the same challenges. Today only one uranium mine operates in Canada, and mines in Australia are slowing production.

Thankfully, the Trump administration has the...
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