EnergySourceAug 8, 2022
The Inflation Reduction Act places a big bet on alternative mineral supply chains
By Reed Blakemore, Paddy Ryan
The Inflation Reduction Act's consumer electric vehicle tax credit will create strong demand for alternative minerals, sourced and processed outside of existing supply chains. The ability for these alternative supplies to meaningfully diversify mineral value chains hinges on further investment and policymaking effort.
EnergySourceMay 31, 2022
Obscured by the energy crisis, a food crisis unfolds
By Reed Blakemore, Maia Sparkman
Efforts to grapple with an energy crisis brought on by Russia's invasion of Ukraine have drowned out a similar emergency facing global food supply. Food security, already being impacted by the adverse effects of climate change, cannot be forgotten as the world pursues a transition to net-zero.
ReportMar 27, 2022
The United States, Canada, and the minerals challenge
By Reed Blakemore, Paddy Ryan, Randolph Bell
An energy mix enabled by clean technologies will be far more mineral-intensive than its hydrocarbon-based predecessor. Demand for minerals like lithium, nickel, and cobalt is projected to skyrocket over the coming years, with supply chains largely unprepared to scale up accordingly. And procurement of these minerals has been plagued by concerns over environmental impact, human […]
Reed Blakemore is deputy director with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, where he is responsible for the center’s research, strategy, and program development. His work focuses on oil and gas markets, critical minerals, trade and geopolitical risk, and the evolution of bilateral relationships in the energy transition. Reed is the author of several Global Energy Center reports, including, The Role of Minerals in US Transportation Electrification Goals, Enhancing US-Japan Cooperation on Clean Energy Technologies, and The Role of Oil and Gas Companies in the Energy Transition. He has spoken in front of the US House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, and has been featured in Bloomberg, S&P Global Platts, and Al Jazeera, among others.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Reed held positions at the International Institute for Strategic Studies – US and at the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He earned a master’s degree from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs in Security Policy Studies, with emphases in defense analysis and transnational security Issues. He received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Redlands, where he was also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.