Kinzinger: ‘We need to have a diverse source of clean energy’

Congressman introduces bill to formalize role to develop clean supply chains of minerals

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Virginia) 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 its 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,” Kinzinger said. “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.”

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 bill text for the Energy Resource Governance Initiative Act of 2021 can be attached as a PDF and on the Congressman’s website here.