Amid Climate Debate, Senate Democrats Target House Mining Royalties

October 5, 2021
Democrats on the Senate energy committee are calling for a major overhaul, if not outright removal, of first-time hardrock mining royalties included in House budget “reconciliation” legislation, opening a new line of debate on options to secure various “critical minerals” needed for various low-carbon energy technologies. “I oppose the reform proposal that was put forward in the House of Representatives,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) at an Oct. 5 hearing of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, referring...

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