Abby nailed it. “What they really mean is they want to get a green light to sell drilling, mining, and logging rights of national protected land to companies to get those products under ground. Even if it has a high chance or ruining waterways, tainting water sources, destroying preserved land, pushing some protected or beloved species toward or into extinction, destroying destinations of tourism, tainting air quality, ruining land by poisons of byproducts, and other such industry bad neighbor behavior done in the name of profits. Oil companies have been fussing for years over protections of the sage grouse because they want the products under it. So do other industry minded people who don’t give a damn about anything or anybody but their bottom line and profit margin. This is not about the American worker. Americans tend to require more money to work and ask such accommodations as worker safety protections that some other countries don’t have to deal with in such scale. This is just a cover to steal public recourses on protected public land for the industry. If the industry actually cared about the American worker then they would actually pay them a halfway decent wage that is not several degrees of power less then their CEOs.” I would add that there was promising research being done on alternatives to Rare Earth Minerals, but the funding was cut by (guess who) Republicans.