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Sometimes you can spot the press relations pieces

The legislation also included investments of $7.5 billion in electric vehicle charging, $10 billion in clean transportation, and more than $7 billion in EV battery components. Additionally, it has been stipulated that all EV chargers funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act must be built domestically.

However, building all these things, from infrastructure to electric vehicles, requires resources which the United States cannot currently obtain without going through foreign adversaries, like Russia or China.

“The United States will continue to rely on China, Russia and other foreign nations for our supply of raw materials and rare-earth minerals, and this is unacceptable,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said.

“America’s defense in the modern era increasingly demands the use of critical minerals, making it more essential by the day for our nation to have a sufficient stockpile of and reliable access to these materials,” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, said. “At this very moment, our enemies like China dominate the supply chain of these increasingly vital materials, and are even expanding into regions such as Africa and Afghanistan, threatening our readiness in an emergency situation and jeopardizing our national security.”

Three crucial elements needed for projects like these are known as niobium, scandium and titanium. They are used in cars, bridges, military vehicles, buildings, aircraft and wind turbines, among other things. Because of their properties that make metals both lighter and stronger, these elements have the ability to improve the fuel efficiency of automobiles and help infrastructure last longer.

There’s the one mine that wants to produce Nb, Ti and Sc. A mine that is hopelessly uneconomic, even by its own records and proposals, without subsidy.

Only the one mine mind you.

Gee, I wonder.

7 thoughts on “Sometimes you can spot the press relations pieces”

  1. At this very moment, our enemies like China

    But they’re not planning on starting any more wars, no siree.

  2. Interesting that they class Russia and China as adversaries then go on to call China enemies. I guess US foreign policy requires a nation to be subservient or a rogue state.

  3. I don’t remember a huge taxpayer-funded programme to get petrol stations all over the country. They just sprung up by themselves.

  4. Could you imagine that Biden (or the mysterious folks who program him) would buy Scandium from this mine? I think we know the answer

  5. Someone (and amazingly, I know who it is too, a very smooth political operator) is hoping that someone will. Their business plan is to come to market with 5 times annual global consumption at three times current global price. And also sell it all. Even when there’s substantial global unused capacity even at current prices.

    I submit that’s not going to happen. But then this is a lovely example of how politics does invest – on political grounds.

  6. Titanium?
    You have to be joking. Every B&Q is full of the stuff. Maybe not in metal form, but that’s just processing. Not in short supply.

    Processing, and permits to do so, ah.yes. But that’s not the issue, is it.

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