Friday, April 16, 2010
Untenable Lifestyle Alert, Part 2: "Your Gonna Have To Kill Someone For Your 'NIMBY' "Green"[tm] Lifestyle", Redux
United Press International >> Energy Resources
U.S. faces crisis in rare earth materials
Published: April 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Reliance on China for rare earth materials and a lack of U.S. mining capacity is creating a crisis in terms of U.S. national defense, advocates said.
The U.S. Magnet Materials Association warned that the United States is "totally dependent" on imports for rare earth materials.
Rare earth materials are used in wind turbines, hydroelectric batteries and precision-guided munitions.
China, the USMMA said, provides more than 97 percent of the word's rare earth raw materials and rebuilding domestic capacity could take more than a decade.
The USMMA said it backs the findings of a report to U.S. lawmakers that warn U.S. defense systems will continue to rely on foreign resources for rare earth materials.
The association further notes that defense contractors should limit their dependence while addressing the lack of effective substitutes.
"USMMA believes that urgent and collective action is needed by the federal government in order to head off the impending rare earth crisis," the association said. In Full
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Your Gonna Have To Kill Someone For Your 'NIMBY' "Green"[tm] Lifestyle
War in South America anyone? OK then... War on China...
A slideshow explaing where we are now, and some possible outcomes of our decisions in the here and now:
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Our Future and the End of the Oil Age: Building Resilience in a Resource-Constrained World - Dimitry Orlov
(For a primer on the underlying hypothesis see: Closing the 'Collapse Gap' by Dimitry Orlov)
...and of course, Americans die in unsafe mines and power generation facilities as well, now more than ever as the ability to provide energy on the grid exceeds the available refining and generation facilities capacities and workers have to work harder and faster than ever (as the company prospers), in increasingly unsafe facilities... while the US government looks the other way... until tragedy strikes.
Here's a look at the environmental results of coal mining in the US.
Remember, we are committing murder, often by proxy along with these environmental and ecological tragedies... destroying agricultural resources, throughout the world while denying culpability for all the hate bred by our compulsive resource consumption to provide ourselves with those so-called "necessities of modern life".
This is what we do to our own country... Imagine the holocausts we create in the third world:
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mountaintop Mining - There Are Now 470 Missing Appalachian Mountain Peaks (You won't miss them will you?)
"The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses." --U. Utah Phillips, folksinger and old Wob.
Chase Bank is ONE name with addresses throughout America. They ought to be *easy* to find.
Auntie Imp suggest you 'look them up'
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