That is what America is on thanks to far-left liberals and environmentalists.
The Department of Defense has sounded an alarm about our access to a strategically vital group of metals called the rare earth elements. A report on the problem prepared by the GAO is not pretty. It concludes that the Chinese now control the production, processing, and manufacture of final products of these vital metals and now own the patents for many of these processes.
The worries of the DoD are well-justified; missile guidance systems, smart bombs, night vision gear, unmanned aircraft, and much more are dependent on the rare earth elements in some way. Without these metals, our weapons technology would be approximately that of the Korean War. Battery-powered tools, hybrid vehicles, the environmentalists’ precious windmills, and almost everything else electric cannot get by without them.
Rare earth elements have been described as the vitamins of modern technology. It took Beijing approximately twenty years to strip this technology from its birthplace in the United States and move it to China.
China’s success in capturing the entire production and manufacturing cycle for the rare earth elements is only the beginning. Their long-term strategy seems to be to repeat their rare earth coup in other sectors of mining and manufacturing. Awash in cash, they are on a gigantic worldwide shopping trip for resources of all kinds. Copper, lead, zinc, and iron are on their list, to name a few. Their reserves of U.S. dollars are being converted to hard assets. Anyone with experience with the Chinese knows that they are in the game to win. Their objective is world domination by whatever means necessary. Aided by our intellectually and morally challenged elites, they stand a good chance of accomplishing it without firing a shot.
Why the Chinese were able, at so little cost, to take away this vital sector of our technology is a question that needs to be asked. The answer is not hard to find. It is the natural result of a fifty-year “jihad” against America’s producers by the environmental left.
The government’s solution to this existential crisis is to tax its way out of a recession and enact energy legislation so horrendous that it will guarantee to “fast track” us to third-world status. Environmental zealots in the EPA are on the verge of crippling both the domestic shale oil/gas industry and the Texas petrochemical complex. Legislation is in progress that will essentially make it uneconomic to develop any mineral resources on public land in the United States. The fevered plan to stop Gulf oil development is their latest sortie into the Twilight Zone. The damage now being inflicted on this country is long-lasting and, if not reversed, fatal. If these insane initiatives are implemented, the day will not be far off when the United States will not have the talent, technology, or money to restart its productive sector even if it wants to.
When a country is on a social and economic course so suicidal that the Russians are warning us about it, some introspection is called for. Post-racial, post-industrial, postmodern, post-fossil fuel, post-common sense America has very little time left to straighten out its priorities and reverse its slide into what Leon Trotsky called “the dustbin of history.” (Source: American Thinker)
The alarm is sounding. Is anyone in Washington actually listening? If not we need to put people in Washington who will respond quickly and appropriately to this alarm.
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