March 19, 2012

A Guide to the U.S.-China Rare Earths Battle

The Week, The Week

The U.S., the European Union, and Japan are talking tough on China, blasting the world's most populous nation for curbing the exports of 17 "rare earth elements," which boast magnetic properties that make them essential components in advanced computer and weapons technology. Without rare earths, we wouldn't have computer hard drives, hybrid car batteries, wind turbines, radar systems, and many other gadgets. And China sells more than 95 percent of the world's total supply of rare earths, putting it in a dominant position to control the market — and best its competitors. Here, a guide to the battle over rare earths. . .

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TAGGED: Energy Innovation, Renewable Energy, U.S. Energy Policy, China, Rare Earths, The Week


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