Skip to comments.China produces 97 percent of materials known as rare earth oxides (used in weapons, etc.)
Posted on 04/15/2010 1:28:27 PM PDT by Stayfree
According to government, industry, and academic officials, the use of rare earth materials is widespread in defense systems. These include, among others, precision-guided munitions, lasers, communication systems, radar systems, avionics, night vision equipment, and satellites. Officials emphasized the significance of the widespread use of commercial-off-the-shelf products in defense systems that include rare earth materials, such as computer hard drives. Objective 2: Rare Earth Materials Are Widely Used and Lack Substitutes Page 27
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We have plenty here, enviro just won’t let us mine it.
Actually we don’t have a lot, but we can’t even get to what we do have due to some of the mines being in California.
... whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower...
There are also huge deposits in MT and Idaho...same problem enviros won’t let you at them.
Actually, we have a lot, but we don’t mine it and really don’t have the capability to process the small amount we mine.
There are deposits of the 17 rare earths in Canada and the U.S.
For a related item, look up Magnequench. They were bought out by the ChiComs and moved to the PRC back in the 2003-4 timeframe. Turns out they are the sole source of rare earth magnets suitable for our cruise missile guidance systems. If China says “No”, we will have a helluva time making cruise missiles that fly straight. I did not think that “Free Trade (TM)” was a suicide pact. If the right palms are greased, anything is possible, I suppose.
That wasn’t a “free trade” issue, but nice try.
Magnequench: CFIUS and China's Thirst for U.S. Defense Technology
[Heritage Foundation via FreeRepublic].
The bad news just keeps on coming.
Sure it was free trade — arbitrage the cost difference between US living wages and Chinese slave wages, and bring that to the bottom line as pure profit, damm the consequences. Mr Hu would be glad to hang you with your own rope.
Just read at the link I supplied in my comment #13, and go complain about NAFTA somewhere else.
Check this out: the more things change, the more they stay the same. We have another paleo arguing that, if only wage scales were equalized between China and the United States (by implication: with tariffs), we could restore rare earth production and processing in the U.S.
Good summary — didn’t realize that the Magnaquench debacle goes back to the mid 90s.
Sorry to come down so hard on you, but I had the same argument on that thread from 2008.
Just keeping it old-school sonny. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.
The Chicoms have been out-dueling us...for years now.
Commodities, manufacturing, agriculture, and closing in now military-wise...etc, etc...
The Magnequench stunt could’ve been pulled-off by a Chinese retard with a broken watch. They just bought the Administration.
They know...the Clinton's were paid off..bribed, and used.
God only knows who else in the Den of Thieves in D.C. was/is involved.
There are millions tons of scrap hard drive magnets that could be recycled... Most are returned to China for recycling, but they could be recycled here.
Magnequench's patents were expiring, and it most common for a patent holder to sell the patent before it expires.
It starts there in the second paragraph under Patents and Intellectual Property.
That’s not the point. The Feds had the power to stop the sale on national security concerns, and didn’t.
That’s because there wasn’t a national security concern.
I disagree. If there wasn’t, the GAO would have no need to issue this report.
Another reason why the Clintons should have never been allowed to hold any high office forever!
This is not cutting edge technology. The original patent to GM/Magnequench was awarded in 1983.
Even if the gubmint lost track of it, we need to keep our eye on the ball.
Russia also has a bunch of these; however they keep the rare earth oxides for military use only.
In a follow-up report, it has been determined that China also produces 97% of the stuff in Wal-Mart, 97% of the stuff in Costco, and 97% of the stuff in Target.
“The Chicoms have been out-dueling us...for years now.”
Because they don’t listen to celebrities over experts, actual experts. Their culture worships scientists, educators, and they richly reward those who have actual smarts and work to build their country.
Funny thing is that we hear that a lot. Never mind how all manufacturing would take a serious hit from price hikes in rare earths --then again the paleos' solution to mfgr employment is [I swear I'm not making this up] lowering productivity.
At least there one Chinese product the paleos don't mind buying in quantity: GOLD!
Thanks, I need all the laughs I can get.
It's true though, throughout history international conflicts are won by the side with more money and more trading partners. Isolationist countries always end up getting taken over by others --and yet our paleos brethren have the gall to say we're the traitors!
If you go back in time you can find where the pentagon specifically says it is not.
Even today, after China's pronouncements, I've not seen that. Only the pentagon saying that they have been studying the issue for a long time.
If it it were a nat'l security issue, and the powers that be were to say so, then a national stockpile could be established.
We know that Molycorp is mining and they are sending material to customers in Japan who are sending it to China for processing and it is then sent back to Japan.
Let the US Govt buy from Molycorp, send it to China and back to national stockpile.
But let me warn you, if Obama and the democrat congress did something like that, the GOP and the freepers would say that Obama is trying to socialize the rare earth industry.