Niobium: Brazilian Mining’s Ace in the Hole

By Jerry Haar and Cristina Caus Fed up with high crime rates, massive corruption, and a poorly performing economy, Brazilians voiced their pleasure with the status quo by electing in October as president a right-wing congressman and ex-army captain from a very small nationalist and populist political party. Guided by a liberal ideology, supporting free market policies such as privatization and deregulation, Bolsonaro’s victory has been well-received by the private sectors both in Brazil and abroad. Among the newly-elected president’s top priorities will be the development of the nation’s natural resources and the vigorous promotion of Brazil’s exports-good news for the country’s mining sector, but bad news for environmentalists and indigenous groups fearful of the continued destruction of natural resources […]