Chief Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

House Sponsor: Carl R. Albrecht


9     General Description:
10          This resolution recognizes the state of Utah's unique position as an essential source for
11     critical minerals and encourages cooperation between state and federal stakeholders to
12     take full advantage of the essential critical minerals and rare earth elements found in the
13     state of Utah.
14     Highlighted Provisions:
15          This resolution:
16          ▸     recognizes Utah as a known source of 28 of the 35 current federally listed critical
17     minerals necessary for national defense and economic prosperity;
18          ▸     recognizes that Utah consistently ranks as a top 10 state for mining with a 2020
19     estimated $3.7 billion in mining production value;
20          ▸     recognizes that renewable energy production is increasing across the state and the
21     country and there is a heightened need for critical minerals, rare earth elements, and
22     many other minerals, including copper, to meet the infrastructure, collection,
23     distribution, and transmission requirements to foster a reliable and affordable
24     energy economy;
25          ▸     recognizes that critical minerals and traditional mineral resources are also used for a
26     variety of other essential purposes beyond energy production, including
27     manufacturing, technology, defense, aerospace, fertilizer, and medical application;
28     and
29          ▸     resolves that the state of Utah and relevant federal agencies work together to

30     promote national security, economic prosperity, and sustainability through efficient promotion
31     and utilization of the many resources of the state of Utah.
32     Special Clauses:
33          None

35     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
36          WHEREAS, the population of the state of Utah is increasing and there exists an urgent
37     need to develop additional collection, distribution, and transmission infrastructure to ensure a
38     reliable and affordable energy future;
39          WHEREAS, President Joseph R. Biden's Executive Order 14017 on America's Supply
40     Chains identifies critical minerals and rare earth elements as essential to the American
41     economy;
42          WHEREAS, the Biden Administration's Report on Building Resilient Supply Chains
43     finds that the United States must secure reliable and sustainable supplies of critical minerals
44     and metals to ensure resilience across United States' manufacturing and defense needs, and do
45     so in a manner consistent with America's labor, environmental, equity and other values;
46          WHEREAS, Utah is an all-of-the-above energy state;
47          WHEREAS, fostering an innovative traditional and renewable energy economy is a
48     growing trend with widespread support within the state and across the nation;
49          WHEREAS, approximately 23% of Utah, or 12,628,600 acres, receives the highest
50     level of protection available as national parks, wilderness areas, national monuments, and other
51     highly restricted federal lands;
52          WHEREAS, the state of Utah is a state consisting of approximately 71% of Utah or
53     Utah's land area, over 38,578,390 acres as public lands;
54          WHEREAS, the state of Utah opposes landscape scale designations that limit access to
55     public lands for energy development, mineral extraction, and other practices;
56          WHEREAS, access to public lands is needed in many cases for energy production and
57     to obtain mineral resources required for infrastructure development;

58          WHEREAS, it is not possible or economically feasible to promote a renewable energy
59     economy without the mining industry;
60          WHEREAS, Utah is a top ten state for mining with a 2020 estimated mineral
61     production value of $3.7 billion;
62          WHEREAS, the people of Utah have a long history of successful stewardship and
63     reclamation over the state's resources;
64          WHEREAS, the federal government has established a list of critical minerals for
65     national defense and economic prosperity;
66          WHEREAS, Utah has known sources of 28 of the 35 current federally listed critical
67     mineral resources;
68          WHEREAS, Utah is the primary global provider of beryllium, the only domestic
69     producer of magnesium metal, and one of only two states producing lithium;
70          WHEREAS, the Bingham Canyon Mine produces platinum, palladium, rhenium, and
71     soon will produce tellurium from byproducts of copper, gold, and silver mining;
72          WHEREAS, the federal critical mineral list does not contain all mineral resources
73     required to facilitate a renewable energy industry or infrastructure development;
74          WHEREAS, copper is Utah's most valuable metal commodity and is required for all
75     energy projects and transmission infrastructure;
76          WHEREAS, uranium is readily available in Utah and uranium is now considered a fuel
77     mineral and is consequently not eligible for listing under the federal list for critical minerals;
78     and
79          WHEREAS, the combination of land access, mining, and energy development provide
80     economic support for citizens of the state and allow for affordable energy resources:
81          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
82     Governor concurring therein, expresses through this resolution the necessity of ensuring access
83     to public lands, the continuation of the mineral extraction industry in Utah, and sustainable
84     development of renewable energy on public lands and through the state of Utah.
85          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor find that federal

86     designations of Utah's lands and waters, without state legislative approval, is hostile to state
87     sovereignty, and can hinder the efforts of the state and federal agencies to promote national
88     security and economic prosperity.
89          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor find that the state
90     of Utah is a public land state that stands able and willing to promote mineral extraction and the
91     development of energy resources, including renewable energy resources, for the citizens of
92     Utah and other Americans.