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China: Rare earth may become rarer

Enjoy those Prius batteries while you can!

I found this one on Yahoo News a few minutes ago.  If you remember, China had an incident with Japan awhile back and cut off their rare earth supply for awhile. If you wonder what I’m talking about, it’s not the 1960’s -1970’s band Rare Earth, it’s about rare minerals that are used to make things like cell phones, computers, batteries and many other items. China controls about 97% of the market now and they’re going to tighten things up. Per Yahoo…….

China plans to tighten control over rare earths producers and restrict output in a five-year development strategy, the Cabinet said Wednesday, amid concern abroad about plans to reduce exports of the exotic minerals used in high-tech goods.

China accounts for almost all production of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals that are used in products such as flat screen TVs and lightweight batteries for mobile phones and hybrid cars.

You can thank all the greentards that basically eliminated a lot of mining in the US for the coming shortage. So, next time you can’t find a new battery for your cell phone, or you can’t find a new Prius for sale because Toyota ran out of material to make the batteries, thank a greentard.

There is one upside to this.  I could really love having less Prius drivers in the fast lane going 56.445 MPH holding up traffic while cruising at optimal mileage speed.

Source: Yahoo News

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Windpowergate – Massive Pollution Making Wind Turbines

From the Daily Mail we get an item that shows that in addition to being bird-choppers, eyesores, needing subsidization, being immensely inefficient (no wind no power) and creating noise that can drive local residents to abandon their houses, they also create a lot of pollution during the manufacturing process.

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.

Yes all you greentards, this is an environmental disaster that is being created to make investors rich and greentards all touchy-feely-feel-goody.

Live has uncovered the distinctly dirty truth about the process used to extract neodymium: it has an appalling environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology.

The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials (and creates big eyesores – editor) by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.

Hidden out of sight behind smoke-shrouded factory complexes in the city of Baotou, and patrolled by platoons of security guards, lies a five-mile wide ‘tailing’ lake. It has killed farmland for miles around, made thousands of people ill and put one of China’s key waterways in jeopardy.

This vast, hissing cauldron of chemicals is the dumping ground for seven million tons a year of mined rare earth after it has been doused in acid and chemicals and processed through red-hot furnaces to extract its components.

You can read all about how being green is turning the water green (and other assorted colors) at the source below. This is an abomination and certainly one of the biggest cases of CO2 Insanity I have seen. The article goes into great detail about what is going on in China and I’d urge you to read the whole thing regardless what side of the global warming debate you are on.

Source: The Daily Mail

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