China Controls Minerals That Run the World—and It Just Fired a Warning Shot at U.S.

“We would be foolish to limit our thinking that that kind of thing is impossible,” said Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. “If you keep ratcheting up your tit-for-tat, that’s one area ....
July 7, 2023

China Fires a Fresh Salvo in the Chip War

"We see some positive signs of diplomacy, but they don’t appear to be influencing this sort of downward, tit-for-tat spiral," said Morgan Bazilian, the director of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines.
July 6, 2023

The U.S. Strategic Minerals Situation Is Critical

“The entire political system is very taken with the fact that China dominates the overall space, and it’s become one of the only areas of roughly bipartisan agreement,” said Morgan Bazilian, the director of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School ....
June 30, 2023

NDAA takes aim at critical mineral supply chain

"While they don't have dominance across all the mineral mining itself, they are very strong and have made a lot of investments over a long period of time in companies that do that mining," said Morgan Bazilian, a professor at the Colorado School of ....
June 30, 2023

Western tribes' last ditch effort to stall a large lithium mine near Oregon-Nevada border

Corby Anderson, a metallurgist at the Colorado School of Mines, said the Nevada mine would be an important domestic source of lithium, which the U.S. currently imports primarily from South America now.
June 28, 2023

Forget Oil. New Wildcatters Are Drilling For Limitless ‘Geologic’ Hydrogen

Big energy companies like Shell, BP and Chevron are joining a consortium created by the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado School of Mines to study geologic hydrogen, but a handful of ambitious startups are already on the hunt
June 26, 2023

Understanding America’s technological tit-for-tat with China

Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy, co-authored this opinion piece on the high-stakes efforts by the U.S. and China to gain and maintain advantage across several technological and manufacturing capabilities.
June 25, 2023

Commodities: The pros and cons of getting cobalt from Idaho

Elizabeth Holley, associate professor of mining engineering at Colorado School of Mines, appeared on BNN Bloomberg to discuss the prospects of cobalt mining in the U.S. amid heightened demand for EV batteries.
June 22, 2023

Attending to the bumps in online learning

Sam Spiegel, assistant vice president for online education, wrote this opinion piece about the common misconceptions of online learning that can lead to "bumps" in the human-technology interface.
June 19, 2023

The energy transition has a labor problem

By 2030, half of the current U.S. mining workforce — about 221,000 workers — is expected to retire and will need to be replaced, not to mention the workers needed for new lithium mines in Nevada and elsewhere. Yet the country’s 14 university-level mining engineering programs saw their combined body of graduates drop by half in the last five years, to a paltry 172 graduates this year, said Steve Enders, a professor of mining engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.
June 16, 2023

Rainy weather may be cause for sinkholes

“When you look at damage to a building or a road or something, most of the time you can track it back to something to do with water,” said Paul Santi, a professor of Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.
June 14, 2023

The Ore Cart Arrives: Golden launches free downtown circulator shuttle

Whether it’s downtown visitors who need a little help getting around or Colorado School of Mines students wanting to access the RTD rail lines, the four-wheeled solution has arrived.
June 8, 2023