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  • Commerce Initiates National Security Investigation Into Uranium Imports

    07/25/2018 9:34:12 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    Hamiltonian to Vaduz
    Or, it can go from Russia to Iran to make heavy water, for shipment to the U.S. in beer kegs:

    ORNL’s neutron source gets an upgrade, thanks to heavy water bought from Iran

    April 25, 2018

    .......The United States uses heavy water for nuclear research and weapons production. Dwindling supplies and an uncertain international market have made it an even hotter commodity

    The Department of Energy’s last heavy water procurement came through a controversial Obama-era deal to get Iran back into compliance with a 2015 agreement it made with world powers to stop pursuing nuclear weapons.

    In return, DOE received a shipment of 600 beer kegs filled with heavy water, totaling 32 metric tons.....

    ....The United States has not been able to produce heavy water since 1996, and the National Nuclear Security Administration has said resuming production will be costly and take at least 10 years of lead time.....

    At one point, Canada was a reliable supplier. But, DOE terminated a procurement process with the country when the Obama administration’s interest in maintaining a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran afforded DOE an alternative route....

  • Commerce Initiates National Security Investigation Into Uranium Imports

    07/25/2018 8:18:17 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    Hamiltonian
    Might be fun to watch.
  • BREAKING: CARTER PAGE FISA RELEASE

    07/21/2018 4:58:53 PM PDT · 83 of 225
    Hamiltonian to Steven W.

    Wonder if Judicial Watch can ask for the memo outlining the guidelines for the redactions, and the names of the redactors.

  • Iran Deal Echo Chamber: "We Always Knew Iran Was Lying About Its Nuclear Weapons"

    05/01/2018 1:28:29 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    Hamiltonian to detective
    The Iran deal promoters also engineered a heavy water purchase from Iran for the Oak Ridge facility. Turns out the U.S. hasn't had the capability to produce heavy water since 1996.

    ORNL's neutron source gets an upgrade, thanks to heavy water bought from Iran

    April 25, 2018

    .......The United States uses heavy water for nuclear research and weapons production. Dwindling supplies and an uncertain international market have made it an even hotter commodity

    The Department of Energy's last heavy water procurement came through a controversial Obama-era deal to get Iran back into compliance with a 2015 agreement it made with world powers to stop pursuing nuclear weapons.

    In return, DOE received a shipment of 600 beer kegs filled with heavy water, totaling 32 metric tons.....

    ....The United States has not been able to produce heavy water since 1996, and the National Nuclear Security Administration has said resuming production will be costly and take at least 10 years of lead time.....

    At one point, Canada was a reliable supplier. But, DOE terminated a procurement process with the country when the Obama administration's interest in maintaining a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran afforded DOE an alternative route....

  • Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel

    04/29/2018 4:16:10 PM PDT · 11 of 17
    Hamiltonian to Patriot777

    Wonder if Obama’s Deputy Secretary at DOE (see last part of #1) had a Q clearance.

  • Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel

    04/29/2018 12:42:04 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    Hamiltonian
    And, naturally, our intrepid Russian uranium salesmen have connections with the X44 Regime.

    From Sara Carter:

    In an April 16, 2010, summary brief provided to his former FBI handlers and obtained by this reporter, he stressed his deep concerns about Tenex, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian state nuclear arm Rosatom and its ongoing work to provide Iran with the technology needed for its nuclear reactor program.

    At the time, Rosatom was seeking the approval to purchase the Canadian mining company Uranium One.

    TENEX continues to supply Iran with fuel through their Russian company TVEL,” stated Campbell in a 2010 brief provided to the FBI. TVEL is a Russian nuclear fuel cycle company headquartered in Moscow. “They (TVEL) continue to assist with construction consult and fabricated assemblies to supply the reactor. Fabricated assemblies require sophisticated engineering and are arranged inside the reactor with the help and consult of TVEL.”

    From American Thinker

    ...To solve both problems the two government gaseous diffusion plants (Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Paducah, Ohio) were privatized....

    The US government ultimately reaped $3 billion from the sale to a new firm, the US Enrichment Corporation (USEC) by some reports. Their 1998 IPO set the per-share price at $14.25. But to sweeten the deal for what looked like soon-to-be white elephants, USEC was made principal agent for the commercial sale of Russian down-blended uranium...

    USEC went bankrupt in 2012, although it has reorganized itself and emerged a shadow of its former self under the name of Centrus Energy. Its principal business is as a sales agent for TENEX, the Russian enrichment concern

    Looks like the President of Centrus Energy was the Deputy Secretary of Energy in 2010:

    From 2010: On Tuesday, Deputy Secretary Poneman will co-chair the U.S.-Russia Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Security Working Group Plenary Meeting with Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" Sergei Kiriyenko.

  • Peter Schweizer Explains How China Purchased U.S. Congress as a Trade Strategy…

    03/23/2018 9:22:21 AM PDT · 39 of 39
    Hamiltonian to bitt
    "Gwanshi is Good"

    Cargill inaugurates integrated poultry operation in Lai'an, Anhui

    Sep 23, 2013, 11:40 ET from Cargill

    ANHUI, China, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill held the inauguration ceremony of its world-class integrated poultry operation in Lai'an, Anhui today. Gary Locke, ambassador of the United States of America to China; Chris Langholz, president of Cargill Animal Protein China; Stan Ryan, corporate vice president of Cargill, and representatives from Chinese government agencies participated in the ceremony........

  • China warns of retaliation if U.S. imposes steel, aluminum tariffs

    02/18/2018 1:43:04 PM PST · 32 of 42
    Hamiltonian to Flavious_Maximus

    “Free Trade” exists only in the minds of academics, think tankers, and K Street types on foreign payrolls.

  • China warns of retaliation if U.S. imposes steel, aluminum tariffs

    02/18/2018 12:11:37 PM PST · 24 of 42
    Hamiltonian to Jim Robinson
    For unknowns reasons some Swamp Critters don't seem to like U.S. producers.

    Fight over 'Buy America' provision erupts in Congress

    "A last-minute fight over a 'Buy America' provision has erupted in the final negotiations over a waterways bill.

    At issue is language included in the Senate-passed version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would require American iron and steel products be used in projects assisted by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

    Sources familiar with the negotiations say Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is actively pushing to strip the provision from the bill........."

  • China warns of retaliation if U.S. imposes steel, aluminum tariffs

    02/18/2018 11:15:32 AM PST · 5 of 42
    Hamiltonian
    Meanwhile, on Friday:

    Secretary Ross Releases Steel and Aluminum 232 Reports in Coordination with White House

    Today, Secretary Wilbur Ross released reports on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s investigations into the impact on our national security from imports of steel mill products and from imports of wrought and unwrought aluminum. These investigations were carried out under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. All classified and business confidential information in the reports was redacted before the release.

    “I am glad that we were able to provide this analysis and these recommendations to the President,” said Secretary Ross. “I look forward to his decision on any potential course of action.”

    The Department of Commerce found that the quantities and circumstances of steel and aluminum imports “threaten to impair the national security,” as defined by Section 232.

    The reports are currently under consideration by the President, and no final decisions have been made with regard to their contents. The President may take a range of actions, or no action, based on the analysis and recommendations provided in the reports. Action could include making modifications to the courses of action proposed, such as adjusting percentages.

    The President is required to make a decision on the steel recommendations by April 11, 2018, and on the aluminum recommendations by April 19, 2018.

    Key Findings of the Steel Report:

    The United States is the world’s largest importer of steel. Our imports are nearly four times our exports. Six basic oxygen furnaces and four electric furnaces have closed since 2000 and employment has dropped by 35% since 1998.

    World steelmaking capacity is 2.4 billion metric tons, up 127% from 2000, while steel demand grew at a slower rate. The recent global excess capacity is 700 million tons, almost 7 times the annual total of U.S. steel consumption.

    China is by far the largest producer and exporter of steel, and the largest source of excess steel capacity. Their excess capacity alone exceeds the total U.S. steel-making capacity.

    On an average month, China produces nearly as much steel as the U.S. does in a year. For certain types of steel, such as for electrical transformers, only one U.S. producer remains.

    As of February 15, 2018, the U.S. had 169 antidumping and countervailing duty orders in place on steel, of which 29 are against China, and there are 25 ongoing investigations.

    Recommendations of the Steel Report:

    Secretary Ross has recommended to the President that he consider the following alternative remedies to address the problem of steel imports:

    A global tariff of at least 24% on all steel imports from all countries, or

    A tariff of at least 53% on all steel imports from 12 countries (Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam) with a quota by product on steel imports from all other countries equal to 100% of their 2017 exports to the United States, or

    A quota on all steel products from all countries equal to 63% of each country’s 2017 exports to the United States. Each of these remedies is intended to increase domestic steel production from its present 73% of capacity to approximately an 80% operating rate, the minimum rate needed for the long-term viability of the industry. Each remedy applies measures to all countries and all steel products to prevent circumvention.

    The tariffs and quotas would be in addition to any duties already in place. The report recommends that a process be put in place to allow the Secretary to grant requests from U.S. companies to exclude specific products if the U.S. lacks sufficient domestic capacity or for national security considerations. Any exclusions granted could result in changed tariffs or quotas for the remaining products to maintain the overall effect.

    Key Findings of the Aluminum Report:

    Aluminum imports have risen to 90% of total demand for primary aluminum, up from 66% in 2012.

    From 2013 to 2016 aluminum industry employment fell by 58%, 6 smelters shut down, and only two of the remaining 5 smelters are operating at capacity, even though demand has grown considerably.

    At today’s reduced military spending, military consumption of aluminum is a small percentage of total consumption and therefore is insufficient by itself to preserve the viability of the smelters. For example, there is only one remaining U.S. producer of the high-quality aluminum alloy needed for military aerospace. Infrastructure, which is necessary for our economic security, is a major use of aluminum.

    The Commerce Department has recently brought trade cases to try to address the dumping of aluminum. As of February 15, 2018, the U.S. had two antidumping and countervailing duty orders in place on aluminum, both against China, and there are four ongoing investigations against China.

    Recommendations of the Aluminum Report:

    Secretary Ross has recommended to President Trump three alternative remedies for dealing with the excessive imports of aluminum. These would cover both aluminum ingots and a wide variety of aluminum products.

    A tariff of at least 7.7% on all aluminum exports from all countries, or

    A tariff of 23.6% on all products from China, Hong Kong, Russia, Venezuela and Vietnam. All the other countries would be subject to quotas equal to 100% of their 2017 exports to the United States, or

    A quota on all imports from all countries equal to a maximum of 86.7% of their 2017 exports to the United States.

    Each of the three proposals is intended to raise production of aluminum from the present 48% average capacity to 80%, a level that would provide the industry with long-term viability. Each remedy applies measures to all countries and all steel products to prevent circumvention.

    The tariffs and quotas would be in addition to any duties already in place. The report recommends that a process be put in place to allow the Secretary to grant requests from U.S. companies to exclude specific products if the U.S. lacks sufficient domestic capacity or for national security considerations. Any exclusions granted could result in changed tariffs or quotas for the remaining products to maintain the overall effect.

  • China warns of retaliation if U.S. imposes steel, aluminum tariffs

    02/18/2018 11:05:19 AM PST · 1 of 42
    Hamiltonian
  • FBI RELEASES 29 PAGES OF COMEY DOCUMENTS

    02/06/2018 11:54:10 AM PST · 39 of 110
    Hamiltonian to harwood

    Wonder why the Director needed to keep a Solyndra folder handy.

  • China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

    12/26/2017 5:06:50 PM PST · 15 of 15
    Hamiltonian to allendale

    History has examples where trouble can be generated in that region without direct intervention.

  • China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

    12/26/2017 5:04:40 PM PST · 14 of 15
    Hamiltonian to yldstrk

    Unless control of opium production is found useful to Chinese interests.

  • China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

    12/26/2017 1:38:13 PM PST · 12 of 15
    Hamiltonian to caww
  • China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

    12/26/2017 1:34:45 PM PST · 11 of 15
    Hamiltonian to allendale

    The next question would be where India and Russia fit into these calculations.

  • China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor

    12/26/2017 12:08:32 PM PST · 1 of 15
    Hamiltonian
    Next step in the Great Game.
  • Secretary Zinke Signs Order... Creating First Ever National Survey of Critical Minerals

    12/22/2017 4:47:58 PM PST · 45 of 53
    Hamiltonian to editor-surveyor

    Fer et Titane also produces pigment grade TiO2 in Quebec.

  • Manchin: So, it Looks Like the Tax Bill I Voted Against Will -- Um -- Help A Lot of West Virginians

    12/22/2017 4:43:51 PM PST · 17 of 104
    Hamiltonian to Kaslin

    Fake News will show Manchin polling better than Jenkins right up to the end.

  • Secretary Zinke Signs Order... Creating First Ever National Survey of Critical Minerals

    12/22/2017 4:38:47 PM PST · 42 of 53
    Hamiltonian to The Westerner
    The USGS is full of geologists. There might be some deep staters there, but geologists are generally most interested in making geological discoveries.

    This literature about strategic minerals at Grand Escalante makes me wonder if taking coal off the market was the real reason for the Grand Escalante designation. The rare mineral deposits make sense, given the Riady connection and what China was doing back then to corner the rare mineral market.

    As far as the Steel issue went, if memory serves, some of Traficant's Stand Up for Steel remarks were posted here ~1999, with mixed results.