Category Archives: Important Minerals

rare, depleting, or mainly controlled by one country (supply chain failure)

High-Tech can’t last: Limited minerals & metals essential for wind, solar, microchips, cars, & other high-tech gadgets

Metals and minerals aren’t just physically limited, they can be economically limited by a financial collapse, which dries up credit and the ability to borrow for new projects to mine and crush ores. Economic collapse drives companies and even nations … Continue reading

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Science: The Coming Copper Peak

Richard A. Kerr. February 14, 2014. The Coming Copper Peak.  Science 343:722-724. Production of the vital metal will top out and decline within decades, according to a new model that may hold lessons for other resources. If you take social … Continue reading

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The Race to Adapt, a book review of Klare’s “The Race for What’s Left”

A book review by Alice Friedemann of Michael Klare’s “The Race For What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources”  Coltan mining We’re about to invade the last areas on earth to drill for oil and mine ore … Continue reading

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China controls over 90% of rare earth mineral production

Michael Klare, in “The Race for what’s left” said the Chinese control up to 97% of the production of some of these minerals. Byron King in China’s Leg Up in the Rare Earths Market writes: “Basically, rare earths are exotic … Continue reading

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Steel

Jan 21, 2006. Your steel trash, China’s treasure. By Steve Mackrell. atimes.com There are basically only 2 sources of iron needed to make steel: iron ore and scrap steel. Iron-ore prices have soared because of surging global steel production. Much … Continue reading

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High-tech can’t last: Platinum Group Metals

Like the Rare Earth Minerals, these too are finite and subject to supply chain failure. Palladium 22 September 2000. Russia Tightens Its Grip on Key Mineral Resources. Stratfor.com The Russian Finance Ministry has assumed control of the country’s precious metals … Continue reading

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