Category: rare earths

Pentagon Moves to Wrest Rare Earths Control From China

News Analysis The battle for control of the global rare earths supply chain is heating up, with the U.S. Department of Defense investing in a new processing plant in a bid to challenge China’s chokehold over the critical minerals. The Pentagon has agreed to fund the entire $120 million cost of a heavy rare earths…


Murkowski ‘Chief Enabling Officer’ of Biden Agenda: Kelly Tshibaka

Kelly Tshibaka, the Republican candidate for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) seat endorsed by Trump, claimed Murkowski’s vote confirming Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary has weakened Alaska, contributing to skyrocketing gas prices and foreign dependence by impeding the production of oil, gas, rare earths, and other vital commodities. “Who’s directing this assault on us? Joe Biden….


China Reniforces its Monopoly in Global Logistic Chain, Uses Rare Earths Resource as Backing  

China is setting up an unprecedentedly large and wholly controlled global logistics group, with rare earths, the major export resource, at the core. This new layout would help the ruling regime enhance its dominance in the global supply chain and maintain a monopoly position inside and outside of China, an expert said. According to mouthpiece…


Energy Security Risks Won’t Disappear With Change to Renewables: Expert

Risks related to energy security won’t become a thing of the past in the context of transitioning to renewables, they will merely be transferred to the sources and providers of the green energy technologies, says a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI). “What many people forget is that the risks to energy security do…


Biden Abandoned Critical Mineral Reserves in Afghanistan While Thwarting Mining at Home: GOP Forum

Republicans on the House Committee on Natural Resources held a forum Oct. 22 to discuss how President Biden’s exit from Afghanistan left massive, untapped reserves of rare-earth metals, lithium, and other vital minerals in Taliban hands, potentially opening them up to exploitation by China. Speakers said the Biden administration has simultaneously worked to hinder key…


China Controls the World’s Critical Minerals Supply Chains

News Analysis Global supply chain interruptions are exacerbated by China’s lock on chemical processing. In 1987, former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said, “The Middle East has oil, China has rare earths.” It seems that decades ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had already recognized the importance of controlling raw materials. Beyond mining and extraction, China’s…


Rare Earth Metal Prices Poised for More Gains: Analysts

Rare earth metal prices have risen sharply over the past year while growing adoption of new technologies like electric vehicles is likely to send costs even higher, according to analysts. In the 12 months through September, the price of lithium carbonate—used in batteries, mobile devices, and spacecraft—surged 150 percent; the price of holmium oxide—used in…


Small Miners Aim for European Supply Chain for Electric Vehicles Independent From China

LONDON—Growing demand for electric vehicles has spurred small-scale miners of the lithium, cobalt, and rare earths that automakers rely on to develop mines and build refining capacity in Europe to reduce their reliance on China. Efforts by the United States and Europe to build a secure and independent supply chain for the key minerals used…


Australian Firm Becomes Canada’s First Rare Earth Producer

Australian miner Vital Metals has begun rare earth production in Canada’s Northwest Territories, becoming the first producer in Canada and second in North America. The milestone has strategic significance and comes as democratic nations move to shore up rare earth supply chains independent of China. The Nechalacho project is expected to yield a minimum of 5,000…


Lawmakers Urge Biden Administration to Reduce Reliance on China for Critical Minerals

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) on Monday led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on the Biden administration to establish a “rare-earth metallurgical cooperative” to reduce the nation’s reliance on Beijing for the specialized minerals that are used to build electronics, military weapons, and other high-tech equipment. In a letter…