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New mining group registers to lobby

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Major mining companies have a new coalition to talk up their role in the energy transition on the Hill.

Why it matters: It's a big moment for the industry, with companies seeking more permits to mine in the U.S. and the Biden administration attempting an energy supply chain balancing act.

Driving the news: Consulting firm Clareo registered to lobby last week for the Key Minerals Forum.

  • It's an "informal coalition" that includes BHP, Vale, Albemarle and Rio Tinto, per the disclosure form.
  • The group was "created to help educate and inform members of Congress on global issues related to the energy transition, the key minerals needed and America's role in it," Clareo spokesperson Aaron Mays said in an email.
  • The goal is not specific policy advocacy but rather to facilitate "nonpartisan dialogue between policymakers and stakeholders," Mays said.

Our thought bubble: This could be an important group to watch as industry and Congress grapple with the administration's mining policy recommendations.

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