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originally posted by: watchandwait410
a reply to: Peeple
The U.S. has none?
… we are screwed.
While the war continues to rage in nearly every corner of Afghanistan, one issue barely investigated is the rush to mine valuable Afghan resources. I’ve been reporting on this subject since 2012, visiting Afghanistan twice for research, and the situation has never been so dire; massive contracts are being signed with little transparency or concern about the negative consequences for civilians. With $1–3 trillion of resources estimated to be under the ground, from rare-earth minerals to lithium and copper, the rush is on.
originally posted by: Plotus
Once coal was quite valuable and industry forged ahead. Then petroleum replaced that. Then renewable energy. Likewise, there was a time transistors were all important. We now have chips you need optical devices to see them. Rare earth will be taken over by a new chingawhalie/wigit and a new era will emerge. Then the value of rare earth will plummet.