Obama announces trade case against China, says US workers must have ‘fair shot’
The president claims that China’s restrictions on exports of materials known as rare earth have made it difficult for American companies to build the technology that uses those materials.
“We want our companies building those products right here in America, but to do that American manufacturers need to have access to rare earth materials which China supplies,” Obama said.
“Now if China would simply let the market work on its own, we would have no objections. Their policies currently are preventing that from happening, and they go against the very rules that China agreed to follow.”
China has a stranglehold on the global supply of 17 rare earth minerals that are essential for making high-tech goods, including hybrid cars, weapons, flat-screen TVs, mobile phones, mercury-vapor lights, smartphones and camera lenses. The materials also are used in the manufacture of tiny motors, such as those used to raise and lower car windows and in consumer electronics.
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Actually, they do all of that and much more. Essentially, any tech device used today has REE in them.
Our president is a moron. While most may think I’m engaging in political partisanship, I’m not. I truly wish, hope, pray, my president could be someone I’m proud to have as a leader of this nation. And, while my criticism, at times, may sound harsh, I’ve given more passes on his intellectual, moral, and leadership failings than I can count.
Honestly, I believe him to be incredibly vapid. Surely, he would have taken the time to ask if we couldn’t remedy the problem without whining and begging China and the World Trade Organization to fix a non-problem (opportunity).
Mr. President, it is unbecoming of the office to beg! Pull your head out of your posterior and use this moment to make the U.S. the leading manufacturing country of the world, once again. United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a study which found that the United States had 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements.
This moron thinks we need to beg for China to export REE while we’re sitting on 13 million metric tons? That’s more than enough to take care of our needs. But, like the oil issue, Obama and friends would rather us beg other people and nations for our necessities and then demand sacrifices for our own people rather than insist we go get the stuff ourselves. This advocacy of dependency is deplorable. THIS DAMN SURE ISN’T WHAT MADE AMERICA!!! This is a disease which needs stamped out. The U.S. has all that it needs within our borders. If someone like China doesn’t want to play by the rules, screw them, and we’ll get it ourselves. Then what are the bitches going to do? Cry because they’ve lost their biggest market….. that’s what. WTF? This is a moment for the American people!! And, not just the American people, the world. No nation has to crawl to China for their REE. All we need to do is want to stand.
BTW, did I say anything tech has REE in it? Why don’t we take advantage of the largess and spending we’ve done in the last 30 f’n years and recycle that shit!!!!! Stupid bastard earthday birthday lunatics make it such a big damned deal about recycling, why don’t they advocate recycling something useful? This should be priority number one of recycling.
Keep a very close eye on the recycling bit…… already in Kansas, one has to be “certified” to take “e-waste”……… for our own good, of course. Where is all of that REE going?
Consider the massive amount of REE Mountain Pass mined.
Now consider how much is possible to for the U.S. to mine. Morons. This is an intentional impoverishment of the American people. Stupid, stupid bastards.