Friday, September 16, 2011

Rare Earth Elements Spell Doom for Green Fantasies

Green fantasy products such as CFL Bulbs, wind turbines and electric cars all depend upon an extremely limited supply of rare earth elements -- 95% of which are mined exclusively in China.

The great irony is that the only thing LESS “sustainable” than these Green fantasy products is the Entitlement Mentality (both of which are central to the mythology of the so-called “Progressive” religious cult).

In August of 2009, The Telegraph warned us the Chinese were planning to shutoff the supply of these rare earth elements. The same report noted that:
“Each Toyota Prius uses 25 pounds of rare earth elements.”
Yesterday, The New York Times reported that:
“By closing or nationalizing dozens of the producers of rare earth metals — which are used in energy-efficient bulbs and many other green-energy products — China is temporarily shutting down most of the industry and crimping the global supply of the vital resources…

General Electric, facing complaints in the United States about rising prices for its compact fluorescent bulbs, recently noted in a statement that if the rate of inflation over the last 12 months on the rare earth element europium oxide had been applied to a $2 cup of coffee, that coffee would now cost $24.55.

A pack of three 11-watt G.E. compact fluorescent bulbs — each the lighting equivalent of a 40-watt incandescent bulb — was priced on Thursday at $15.88 on Wal-Mart’s Web site for pickup in a Nashville, Ark., store. The average price for fluorescent bulbs has risen 37 percent this year, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.”
Steve Milloy suggests (I inserted the link):
“If you haven’t already said your morning curses, don’t forget to condemn the 110th [Democrat controlled] Congress for passing the incandescent bulb ban, George W. Bush for signing it, and the the 111th [Democrat controlled] and 112th [divided] Congresses and Barack Obama for failing to reverse the ban.”
Nice work, Dims! You’ve made a bad recession MUCH worse. In the process, you’ve racked up unprecedented debt. You’ve robbed us blind with your crony capitalism and your Chicago style gangster government.

Now, through force of law, you’ve put the price of lighting our homes out of reach!

What’s next? More of the same devastation? Not for long (I hope).

Click here for more on the “sustainability” fraud.


DudeinDenver said...

Your insight into the huge importance of rare earth elements to electronics/defense today, and the fact that China controls 95% of the supply, is laudable. The subject is virtually unknown to the U.S. public. And it is one more thing the Chinese will hold over our heads, to our significant detriment. The Chinese continue to move to control the center of the chessboard, while watching us flounder.

SBVOR said...


Roger that...
The media largely ignore it. Why? Because reporting it as extensively as is warranted would burst the central planning based Green energy sustainability fantasy they have worked so hard to promote.

Without an objective press, we're doomed. The blogosphere helps. But, it reaches an extremely tiny minority.

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