The European Union is fucking mad you know

Reading, as you do, an EU report on critical minerals I found this:

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– EU is up to 95% dependent on imports, mainly from China
– recycling is very limited while the abundance of graphite on the world market
inhibits increased recycling efforts

That is, there’s so much of the damn stuff around that we don’t need to recycle it which makes recycling it very difficult.

The rest of the report is whining about the fact that Europe doesn’t produce a certain set of minerals and therefore has to rely upon trade.

Can we hang them all please?

12 comments on “The European Union is fucking mad you know

  1. Corrected link. This is referenced from the 2020 Report and also claims a critical EU shortage of Scandium. I suppose they need to get their collective finger out and sponsor Tim’s slag heap recycling business.

  2. &SE
    I’d rather suspect this’d be another example of how a sizable income can be derived out of talking about things rather than doing them. Sponsoring Tim’s scandium project could indeed increase the availability of scandium. Not necessarily the optimum outcome.

  3. The Little Europeans will only be happy when they are totally “self-sufficient” i.e. cut-off from the outside world, North Korean style.

  4. Thank you Tim.

    I was thinking about this this morning when they were prattling on about something on radio 4 and I decided that while hanging the bastards would respond to some inner need, and certainly to see them dangling there would be jolly satisfying; given the numbers involved perhaps it would be quicker simply to shoot them.

    Certainly best practice in history has been the latter. Beria was something of an expert in the field and I think he was fairly emphatic – nothing beats a bullet in the back of the neck.

    And just to rub it in, I’d use a .38 rather than a 9mm… that’ll really make the point nicely.

  5. Predictably, their first recommendation is:

    improve the availability of reliable, consistent statistical information in relation to raw materials;

    In other words: gissajob!

  6. >improve the availability of reliable, consistent statistical information in relation to raw materials;

    Funny thing really. Just imagine for a moment we could combine the total knowledge of all the producers and consumers of a given raw material, to tell us how hard it is to get hold of, and how likely it will be to get hold of in the future. Oh look, I’ve just invented markets, complete with futures contracts… The higher the price, the harder the stuff is to get compared to demand, if the futures prices are higher than current, the expectations of buyers and sellers is that either less will be produced, or people will want more…
    Oh, that was too simple, and didn’t require a EU directive or two and an extra few thousand spongers on the gravy train then… Perhaps they need to research the production levels of common sense in Brussels, as it seems to be a rare commodity…

  7. From SE

    “I suppose they need to get their collective finger out and sponsor Tim’s slag heap recycling business.”

    don’t talk about timothy’s mum like that

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