By LOUISVILLE, Ky.
(AP) When the United States loses some or all of its rare earth metals, the value of its precious minerals will suffer.
But some experts predict the country will have plenty of its valuable metals when it comes to its long-term energy needs.
Some of the nation’s most valuable minerals could come from the American southwest, and the U.S. has a huge mineral-resource footprint that could see it lose some of the most valuable deposits.
The United States has some of America’s most prolific underground deposits.
Some are worth millions of dollars.
Some of the biggest are in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.
The U.s. also has deposits in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Some scientists have speculated the country could lose a significant amount of its wealth if it loses precious metals from its coal mining operations.
And the government has warned that some of those resources could be worth billions.
But U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that the country is still capable of extracting a fair amount of metals and minerals.
“We can’t be totally sure yet, but we are going to be able to do more,” Guterre said in a news conference in New York.
“It is possible that we could lose some minerals, but they are still the most significant.
So we are still in good shape.
The more we can do, the better.”
Guterres spoke after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with President Donald Trump in New Jersey.
He said Johnson’s visit showed how the U