Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Rare Earth Metals From California Mine 

A mine in California's Mojave Desert has recently resumed production of ores that are rich in 15 rare earth elements, according to this Fox News story. These elements are used in all kinds of high-tech devices, including cell phones and military electronics and China has pretty much cornered the market for them in recent years, achieving 97% penetration worldwide.

This mine is a good thing for lots of reasons--defense, jobs, providing raw materials to the economy to name a few.

But ... based on past performance, Obama will probably have the EPA shut the operation down so that we'll continue to be dependent on China. Especially since this stuff has strategic military value.

Can't have the US in a position of military and  economic strength, now, can we?

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