Some of these materials would unquestionably be of great strategic value. That doesn’t mean we should shortcut the permitting process. We need to protect our population from the historically harmful effects of hurried, unmonitored mining; both near term and long term. I see this bill as an excuse to rape our natural resources for near-term profit. While our wealthy were busy going for quick profits, China was busy buying the world-wide mineral rights to 90% of the world’s rare earths - of great strategic import fo modern electronics. This highlights the need for our country to begin thinking and committing to long-term strategies, longer than a presidential term and certainly longer than an annual stock holders report- and not just jump to support near-term profiteering without carefully assessing future impact and needs. So, Nay to shortcutting permit processes. Protection of people and natural resources are more important than today’s great ‘deal’ or a pumped up annual ROI.