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  • Rare Earth: Afghanistan Sits on $1 Trillion in Minerals

    08/18/2019 2:56:43 PM PDT · by mikeIII · 43 replies
    NBC ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | Charles Q. Choi
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, scientists say. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004.
  • Rare-Earths Mining Shows Exactly How China Cheats The United States Through ‘Free Trade’

    06/24/2019 10:46:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/24/2019 | Kyle Sammin
    The United States and China have traded since the early days of our republic, but only recently has the scale of that trade become a political issue. More than any other point, Donald TrumpÂ’s rhetoric against outsourcing to China gave him the blue-collar Midwestern votes that made up his margin of victory in 2016. His election was a break with the generation-long bipartisan consensus that more and freer trade is better, whether the trading partner is a liberal democracy that respects the rule of law or a communist dictatorship where unfree people labor in unsafe conditions for government-suppressed wages.Even...
  • Rare Earth Minerals and Thorium: A solution to several pressing technical and political problems.

    06/03/2019 9:02:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/03/2019 | Mac MacDowell
    There seems to be a similarity between international trade disputes and Texas Hold’em. There is always a certain amount of bluff that is part of the negotiations. The question is, how much is a bluff and how much is not. The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has just revealed that they are going to use their stake in rare earth minerals production as their show card. Make no mistake -- the communist government is not bluffing. However, one good card does not make a winning hand. To understand the problem, we first must understand where rare earth mineral deposits are...
  • First rare earth processing facility outside of China to be built in Texas

    05/31/2019 2:29:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 59 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5-31-2019 | Julia Limitone
    Rare earth elements are used every day. They are metals that are used in everything from cell phones to cars, televisions, military jet engines and medical devices. However, the tit-for-tat trade Opens a New Window. war between the U.S. and China, Opens a New Window. may present a challenge to the industry which heavily relies on China. The retaliatory tariffs from China on $60 billion worth U.S. goods goes into effect this weekend. Blue Line Corp., a chemical company based in Texas, is the first and only company outside of China that can process small batches of rare earth. They...
  • In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution

    01/31/2011 9:08:49 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 7 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/29/11 | SIMON PARRY in China and ED DOUGLAS in Scotland
    On the outskirts of one of China’s most polluted cities, an old farmer stares despairingly out across an immense lake of bubbling toxic waste covered in black dust. He remembers it as fields of wheat and corn. (snip) Vast fortunes are being amassed here in Inner Mongolia; the region has more than 90 per cent of the world’s legal reserves of rare earth metals, and specifically neodymium, the element needed to make the magnets in the most striking of green energy producers, wind turbines.
  • Caught between Trump and its biggest market, America’s sole rare earths mine is an unusual victim

    05/27/2019 4:47:29 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 33 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Updated: 9:03am, 27 May, 2019 | Eric Ng
    MP Materials, which runs the sole operating rare earths mine in the United States, is an unusual victim in the year-long tit-for-tat trade war between the two largest economies on the planet, as the conflict looks set to open up a new battlefront over technology. The operator of the Mountain Pass mine in California said it will kick-start its own processing operation by the end of 2020, after China last week more than doubled an import duty on concentrates to 25 per cent effective June 1. MP exports pellets – ground-up ores that contain oxides of rare earth elements –...
  • U.S. Spends $120M USD to Set up Rare Earth Research Center to Counter China

    01/12/2013 8:28:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 10, 2013 3:30 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Chinese price manipulation has taken its toll on the U.S. economy Rare earth metals are an increasingly integral part of everything from automobiles to television sets.  But the precious metals are tightly controlled by China, with an excess of 95 percent of current suplly coming from Chinese-owned mines and refineries.  The degree of control has allowed China to manipulate prices, cutting back on demand to sell less material for the same amount of profit, any businessperson's dream. I. New Private-Public Partnership Sets Aim on Chinese Mineral Hegemony The problem is that it takes several years or more to bring rare...
  • Boeing launches search for crucial rare earth elements

    09/20/2010 9:10:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    msnbc ^ | 20 Sept 2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    Minerals, facing shortage, are key for military hardware, cell phones. Boeing has signed a deal to deploy remote sensing technology to map out U.S. deposits of rare earth elements. The rare earth family of minerals is the real-life version of the precious element "unobtanium" in James Cameron's movie "Avatar." They are used to make everything from military hardware to humble cell phones, but could soon be in short supply as worldwide demand outstrips mining production in China. The aerospace and defense giant announced today that it will confirm rare earth mining claims held by U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. at locations...
  • Peak Everything? Forget peak oil. What about peak lithium, peak neodymium, and peak phosphorus?

    04/27/2010 9:34:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 733+ views
    Reason ^ | April 27, 2010 | Ronald Bailey
    When you really need something, it's natural to worry about running out of it. Peak oil has been a global preoccupation since the 1970s, and the warnings get louder with each passing year. Environmentalists emphasize the importance of placing limits on consumption of fossil fuels, but haven't been successful in encouraging people to consume less energy—even with the force of law at their backs. But maybe they're going about it all wrong, looking for solutions in the wrong places. Economists Lucas Bretschger and Sjak Smulders argue that the decisive question isn't to focus directly on preserving the resources we already...
  • Prepare to lose metals, says UN group

    05/26/2010 12:48:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,025+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 20 May 2010 | Andy Extance
    Supplies of speciality metals like lithium, neodymium and indium could become restricted unless recycling rates improve. That's the message from the first two of six reports prepared to assess metal supply sustainability for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 'Scientists should anticipate the possibility that they may not have the whole periodic table to work with in future,' says Thomas Graedel, who led the Global Metal Flows Working Group that compiled the studies.  The report series won't deliver overall supply and demand projections until nearer to the 2012 Rio Earth Summit. Nevertheless Graedel, who is also director of Yale University's Center for Industrial Ecology...
  • "Japan found 'semi-infinite' deposit of rare-earth minerals - 'game-changer' in comp. with China"

    05/28/2019 9:19:09 PM PDT · by scoresettled · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/13/2018 | Jeremy Berke
    Interesting find - headline... "Japan just found a 'semi-infinite' deposit of rare-earth minerals — and it could be a 'game-changer' in competition with China Jeremy Berke Apr. 13, 2018, 12:26 PM" Story highlights... "Japan started seeking its own rare-earth mineral deposits after China withheld shipments of the substances amid a dispute over islands that both countries claim as their own, Reuters reported in 2014. ... A new finding that could change the global economy... The newly discovered deposit is enough to "supply these metals on a semi-infinite basis to the world," the study's authors wrote in the study. ... The...
  • Rare Earth Metals: China’s ‘Nuclear Option’ In The Trade War

    05/26/2019 7:39:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 05/25/2019 | By Tsvetana Paraskova
    A simple visit to an obscure factory by Chinese President Xi on Monday is all it took to raise the specter that China could be contemplating cutting off supply of critical materials to the U.S. and potentially crippling large swathes of its industries. Also, fueled by political innuendo in Xi’s recent call for a new “Long March” in reference to a key founding tenet of the Chinese Communist Party, speculators are growing increasingly wary of Chinese export restrictions to the U.S., including rare earth minerals. As the world’s largest producer, the Middle Kingdom has a vice-like grip on rare earths...
  • China Threatens To Cut Rare Earths Supplies To The U.S. -- Bad Idea

    05/20/2019 10:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 122 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/20/2019 | Panos Mourdoukoutas
    China is threatening to take the trade war to the next stage: cut off rare earth metal supplies to US technology and defense industries. That’s according to a couple of Globaltimes editorials.” US faces squeeze on rare earths,” says one editorial. “US need for rare earths an ace on Beijing’s hand,” goes another. “Without a reliable domestic supply, the US must rely on rare earths from China to supply industries of strategic importance,” acknowledges Hu Weijia, author of the second editorial. “Rare earths are vital to many modern technologies and a wide array of weapon systems used by the US...
  • A Looming Technology-security Minerals Crisis?

    10/27/2018 7:33:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    In 1973 OPEC countries imposed an oil embargo to retaliate for US support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. Drivers endured soaring gasoline prices, blocks-long lines, hours wasted waiting to refuel vehicles, and restrictions on which days they could buy fuel. America was vulnerable to those blackmail sanctions because we imported “too much” oil – though it was just 30% of our crude.The fracking revolution (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) and other factors changed that dramatically. The United States now produces more crude oil than at any time since 1970.But now we face new, potentially far greater dangers –...
  • Why North Korea Is An Untapped Goldmine For Tech Companies, And For China

    07/30/2018 9:49:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 14, 2018 | Luke Kelly
    It was revealed recently that North Korea is sitting on approximately $6 trillion worth of natural resources, which the country lacks the technology or expertise to extract. The impoverished nation is quite literally sitting on a goldmine, a significant portion of which is made up of rare earth metals. Rare earth metals are not - as you would expect - exceptionally rare, but are generally found in small trace quantities underground. What is rare is to find them in high concentrations, which is exactly what experts believe is present beneath the soil of North Korea. Not only are these resources...
  • Trump’s North Korea Play: a Ploy to Secure Vast Deposits of Rare Earth Elements?

    06/21/2018 1:45:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | June 21, 2018 | Pepe Escobar
    It’s not far-fetched to consider ‘The Art of the Deal’ applied to North Korea’s allegedly vast rare earth resources. This may not be about condos on North Korean beaches after all. Arguably, the heart of the matter in the Trump administration’s embrace of Kim Jong-un has everything to do with one of the largest deposits of rare earth elements (REEs) in the world, located only 150 km northwest of Pyongyang and potentially worth billions of US dollars. All the implements of 21st century technology-driven everyday life rely on the chemical and physical properties of 17 precious elements on the periodic...
  • Japan just found a ‘semi-infinite’ deposit of rare-earth minerals — and it could be (trunc)

    04/15/2018 8:39:19 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 13, 2018 | Jeremy Berke
    Researchers have found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for centuries, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature on Tuesday, says the deposit contains 16 million tons of the valuable metals. Rare-earth minerals are used in everything from smartphone batteries to electric vehicles. By definition, these minerals contain one or more of 17 metallic rare-earth elements (for those familiar with the periodic table, those are on the second row from the bottom).
  • Our Next Energy and Security Crisis?

    02/24/2018 10:17:05 PM PST · by lowbuck · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | 25 February 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets and thousands of other products; and complex composites in solar panels and wind turbine blades and nacelles. The USA was importing 65% of its petroleum in 2005, creating serious national security concerns. But thanks to fracking, imports are now 40% and the US exports oil and gas. Today’s vital raw materials foundation also includes exotic minerals like gallium, germanium, rare earth elements and platinum group metals. For the USA, they are “critical” because they are required in thousands of applications; most...
  • Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

    09/30/2017 9:41:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Phys Org ^ | September 19, 2017
    Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene. They can be found in your computer, in your mobile phone, in almost all other electronic equipment and in many of the plastics around you. Society is highly dependent on scarce metals, and this...
  • North Dakota coal studying supply of valuable rare earth elements

    07/18/2017 2:21:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Bismark Tribune ^ | July 4, 2017 | Jessica Holdman
    North Dakota coal companies are hoping to have a hand in solving the nation’s supply problem of rare earth elements. Europium, dysprosium, erbium, terbium, neodymium, holmium, scandium, lutetium, and yttrium, are just a few of these valuable materials. “They’re used in pretty much all of our modern electronics,” said Steve Benson, associate vice president for research at the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks. Magnets, hard drives, alloys, batteries, catalysts in cars, lasers, even coal’s cleaner energy cousins wind turbines and solar panels rely on rare earth elements - and could, in turn, rely on lignite coal. And...