Good thing dysprosium and other rare earth minerals aren't needed for solar hot water, window caulk or insulation.
The New York Times goes on about a new Energy Department report worry-worting about our over-dependence on China for 96% of our rare earth minerals - minerals used for "clean energy," whatever the hell that is. This dependence on Chinese imports is a huge surprise - apparently because DOE and the Times haven't gone shopping lately.
For as long as the next 15 years, the supplies of at least five minerals that come almost exclusively from China will remain as vulnerable to disruption as they are absolutely vital to the manufacture of small yet powerful electric motors, energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs and other clean energy technologies, the report said.
The five minerals are medium and heavy rare earth elements of which China mines an estimated 96 percent to 99.8 percent of the world’s supply: dysprosium, terbium, neodymium, europium and yttrium.
The Times writer doesn't define "clean energy technologies" but local righty Scarantino at New Mexico Liberty smells green and snarls and spits that China has nukes pointed at us right now so Dems obviously hate America.
We hear politicians like U.S. Reps. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan lecture us on how stifling America-based energy sources like natural gas, oil and coal and replacing them with "green energy" will make us "energy independent." For a guy like Heinrich who sits on the House Armed Services Committee this is more than naive, it is irresponsible and ignorant and endangers the nation. How can we be "energy independent" when our chief enemy and competitor controls all the raw materials necessary to secure this sham "indepence [sic] "?
Rare minerals are used for a lot of other things not very green, but whatever. Silly.