A Basic Materials Policy for the U.S. - Badly Needed, Long Overdue

Lead Author: Dr. Jim Bowyer

Publish date: 12.19.2007

 

Rapidly rising industrial raw material consumption globally, and increasing U.S. import dependence on a vast array of critical resources warrant close attention and strategic thinking on the part of government and industry leaders alike.

 

The most urgent material requiring attention is petroleum. Development of a comprehensive national energy strategy that serves to markedly reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels must clearly be a top priority. The strategic, financial, environmental, and social implications of continuing on our present course are so great that further delay in addressing energy issues is completely indefensible.

 

It is time not only for political leaders, but individual citizens as well, to engage in introspection and careful consideration of how you or your organization might play a part in reaching solutions.