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Elk Creek, Neb. (population 112), may not be so tiny much longer. Reports suggest that the southeastern Nebraska hamlet may be sitting on the world’s largest untapped deposit of “rare earth” minerals, which have proved to be indispensable to a slew of high-tech and military applications such as laser pointers, stadium lighting, electric car batteries and sophisticated missile-guidance systems.
Absolutely. Leftwingers are the only thing stopping us from being resource independent. They should be treated as traitors imo.
Originally posted by SirMike
Supposing that this find isn’t litigated to death by the “environmentalist” lobby before the first shovel full of ore can be processed, this is certainly good news. Good news for the town and property owners to be sure, but also good news for the rest of the world which has been taken hostage by the Chinese near monopoly in rare earths.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Oh I feel bad for this town. They strike me as acting like the jungle natives in South America when the gringos come flying in with gifts and treasures while they measure to build something called a 'Dam' somewhere nearby. If this is true...It'll be good for America, but that town and it's people will be completely obliterated in the gold rush to dig up everything in that whole part of the state looking for something worth FAR MORE than gold ever has been. IMHO
The U.S. used to produce rare earths through the Mountain Pass Mine in California, but it was shut down in 2002, primarily because of environmental concerns, including the spillage of hundreds of thousands of gallons of water carrying radioactive waste into a nearby lake.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
reply to post by SirMike
There's still a problem...
without "conscripted" labor.... the extractions costs will be a lot higher than those that come out of Africa and China...