OK, so this is bollocks then

The largest proven reserves of rare earth
elements like indium, tellurium, dysprosium, and
neodymium are found in China’s Inner Mongolia
province.

He means the Bayan Obo mine. Which isn’t, as far as I understand it, a source of indium or tellurium. Nor, actually, dysprosium, at least not in any major sense for that last. It does produce neodymium. So, we’ve a 25% success rate in claims here.

Oh, and tellurium and indium are not rare earths. And come from copper slimes and zinc sulfides respectively.

Or, it’s bollocks.

Further bollocks:

In 2019, some 20,000 tons of copper were
mined, and world reserves stood at about
870,000 tons.24

Footnote 24 takes us to here:

(Data in thousand metric tons of copper content

Propaganda always works better if it’s at least vaguely grounded in knowledge.

10 thoughts on “OK, so this is bollocks then”

  1. I defer to your knowledge of metals. I bristle at your labeling Driesson/Heartland as a propaganda. They are the good guys.

  2. Trying to convince someone of your views is propaganda. That’s just what it is. There is no differentiation between my trying to convince you of the righteousness of a course of action and the expostulation of idiocies by the other guy. We could say this is good propaganda and that is bad but it’s all still propaganda.

  3. @ Gamecock
    Far better that Tim calls out their mistakes and you tell them to put it right before umpteen people pick up the idiot numbers and draw wrong conclusions from them.

  4. The Meissen Bison

    Trying to convince someone of your views is propaganda.

    Not really. What you’re describing there is an argument and propaganda goes further: it’s designed those on the receiving end to act or react in a certain way and there’s generally a bit of tendentiousness mixed in.

    Isn’t tellurium a heavy metal?

  5. The word “propaganda” connotes a group effort. Unless our host is being paid by shadowy coalmining companies, one man’s efforts to spread the truth cannot be classed as propaganda.

  6. Calling out their mistakes is good.

    Calling it propaganda is gratuitous. It suggests it is intentionally misleading.

    “Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidy.”

    “Trying to convince someone of your views is propaganda. That’s just what it is.”

    What a cop out. You are better than that, Tim.

    ‘information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view’

    Trying to convince my son to clean his room isn’t propaganda.

    Driesson frequently publishes at cfact.org. I used to comment there. As well as junkscience.com and wattsupwiththat.com. All changed to require registration to comment. I refuse to jump through hoops in order to contribute; I consider my comments to be contributions.

    This report posted on heartland.org doesn’t allow comments, and no contact information is provided. Else, I would advise them.

  7. “In 2019, some 20,000 tons of copper were
    mined”

    How in God’s name could anyone believe that? Intelligent thirteen year olds would laugh.

  8. Driesson/Heartland/cfact have made numerous and effective attacks against carbon taxes.

    Perhaps that makes anything they say ‘propaganda.’

  9. Gamecock : “Trying to convince my son to clean his room isn’t propaganda.”

    No, that is unfair treatment by impossible demands under coercion by the local despot …. 😉

  10. “No, that is unfair treatment by impossible demands under coercion by the local despot ….”
    Accompanied by shouting and threats of no pudding, I sometimes wonder if the Inquisition didn’t have the right idea.

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