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OPTION 5: Invade other countries to get the resources we need.
OPTION 6: Confiscate all iPhones, camcorders, digital cameras, and flat screen tvs from the landfills and the American public, to recyc.....oh never mind.

Bill Mcdonald

Again this appears to be caused by our national inability to do any long range planning. Amazing isn't it, that years ago, China's leaders had already figured out the strategic importance of these elements.

Better start practicing. "We can kiss China's ass"

Or we can get serious and get the Mountain Pass mine going again here in socal as well as develop the ones in Wyoming, but for the short run, unfortunately we may have to do this: "We can kiss China's ass".

Heh, if we want to keep the weapons factories going and the iShit products
coming out,"We can kiss China's ass."

I really don't see any more military excursions especially aimed at China, even the idiots in the capital wouldn't be that stupid, guess they better start puckering up.

David Fitzsimmons

All resource-extraction processes are polluting, to a greater or lesser extent. REE mining and refining is more polluting than most; that truth is at least half the reason Mountain Pass was closed. China has historically been less concerned about pollution and avoided the costly pollution-abatement regime the US had required, so they got the business.

Now China is reorganizing the REE mining and refining sector, putatively for environmental reasons. I say "putatively" because there is also some sense that China would like a look at the various innovative products and processes that use these materials. Given their record on Intellectual Property, this is a real concern to the affected manufacturers, and even potentially a National Security issue.

Mountain Pass is back in (limited) operation, under Molycorp. That said, the proximity of that mine to the populated regions of California will always be a limiting factor. The truth, however sad it may be, is that horribly polluting processes are best undertaken as far from populated areas as is practicable. Of course, there are alternatives. Lynas Corp, of Australia, operates a REE mine, in a limited way; and ships the raw ores to a Malaysian extraction facility. The people of that part of Malaysia have apparently accepted the trade-off of pollution versus employment.

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