Doug Vining Smart Bombs need Rare Earth too

China has become the world's leading supplier of components crucial to U.S. defense systems, products once supplied by American companies such as Magnequench Inc. and Molycorp Inc. Bloomberg's Kevin Thrash reports. This report also contains comments from Teri Luna, a former employee at Magnequench, and Stan Trout, an adjunct physics professor at Marian University and former Magnequench employee. (Source: Bloomberg)
Posted: 6 October 2010 at 00:00

Bryan Scrooby China's exploiting the African continent

This should be a clear message for leaders and future leaders of our most precious and valuable continent. with China's focus on the african continent with no concern for long term sustainability the reality of total control is around the corner. Investment is fantastic but this has to be underpinned with job creation, upliftment of society ad long term sustainability.
Posted: 7 October 2010 at 08:49

Wolfgang Grulke RE: China's exploiting the African continent

Having now captured a significant part of Africa's mineral and farming resources it appears that China is focusing similarly on the South American continent.
Posted: 7 October 2010 at 11:01

Bryan Scrooby RE: RE: China's exploiting the African con...

Unbelievable. I am sure their approach will be similar to that of Africa and the possible reality of this "Bullet" is not far off. Thanks for the info and reply. really concerning when faced with the long term sustainability of our environment and the future of our planet.
Posted: 7 October 2010 at 11:10

Doug Vining Trade restrictions backfire

That's the problem with restricting trade on a commodity in which you enjoy a comparative advantage. Others will simply innovate to reduce their dependency on it.

That is happening with China's monopoly over rare earth minerals, and in the long term, will happen with OPEC's control of the oil market. When restrictions cause prices to escalate beyond a certain level, alternatives become more attractive, and the incentive to invest in new technology rises.

Then of course, there is also the opportunity to retaliate with some restriction of your own, as this MindBullet suggests.
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Posted: 22 October 2012 at 11:50

Doug Vining No more helium shortage

You may not have been aware of it, but the world was facing a possible shortage of helium, which is used in space rockets and MRI medical devices. Helium, besides being lighter than air, and a safe way to inflate party balloons, is an inert, stable element that won't combust or explode under pressure, making it almost unique in some scientific applications. But it can't be made in a laboratory, so the only real source of helium is naturally occurring gas fields, mainly in the US. A more recently discovered deposit in Tanzania is turning out to be substantial, and could mean that America loses its dominance in helium supply.
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Posted: 16 October 2017 at 14:24
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