Senate Hearing Focuses on Critical Minerals and Efforts to Ensure U.S. Supplies



A discussion about the current severe propane shortage in the U.S. Midwest was not on the agenda for a 28 January hearing on critical minerals held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. However, that did not stop committee member Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) from bringing up the topic as “a really stark illustration of what happens when there are disruptions, how dangerous it can be when resources that we absolutely rely on—for, in this case, warmth of our constituents' homes—are disrupted. We need a stable supply of our critical resources.”