“Rare Earths,” Electrification Mandates, and Energy Security

The entire mining part of this so-called green revolution has been outsourced to countries like China and for a good reason. It’s ugly, very ugly as for many of those materials, ungodly amounts of raw soil need to be processed to strip the valuable parts out. We are leaving behind moonscapes with toxic lakes and death in the air. People in those regions suffer from the most horrible of afflictions. But we don’t see that as it happens far from the television cameras. So we can feel good and smug as we save the planet while we destroy it more than anything we have done as a species to this planet before. 

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