Rare Earth Elements
Rare earth elements have recently become an issue in the media and on the national agenda, despite years of relative obscurity. This group of 17 elements is critical to the production of automotive components, communications technologies, clean energy sources, weapons systems, traditional fuel refineries, and countless other technologies. This panel is intended to address questions of key policy importance: What do the recent market developments mean for the rare earths industry? How should the United States respond to the changing market trends? What are the implications for the cleantech manufacturing sector?