To promote the domestic production of critical minerals and materials, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Critical Minerals and Materials Promotion Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF CRITICAL MINERALS AND MATERIALS.
In this Act: (1) In general.--The term ``critical minerals and materials'' means naturally occurring, nonliving, nonfuel substances with a definite chemical composition-- (A) that perform an essential function for which no satisfactory substitutes exist; and (B) the supply of which has a high probability of becoming restricted, leading to physical unavailability or excessive costs for the applicable minerals and materials in key applications. (2) Exclusions.--The term ``critical minerals and materials'' does not include ice, water, or snow.
SEC. 3. PROGRAM TO DETERMINE PRESENCE OF AND FUTURE NEEDS FOR CRITICAL MINERALS AND MATERIALS.
(a) In General.--The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the United States Geological Survey, shall establish a research and development program-- (1) to provide data and scientific analyses for research on, and assessments of the potential for, undiscovered and discovered resources of critical minerals and materials in the United States and other countries; and (2) to analyze and assess current and future critical minerals and materials supply chains-- (A) with advice from the Energy Information Administration on future energy technology market penetration; and (B) using the Mineral Commodity Summaries produced by the United States Geological Survey. (b) Global...