Obama Regulations Hand a Mining Monopoly to China – And Americans Suffer

China has a monopoly on rare earth metals and Americans suffer

Thanks to US lawmakers the labor-intensive compact fluorescent lightbulb production is thriving – in China.

By closing or nationalizing dozens of the producers of rare earth metals — which are used in energy-efficient bulbs and many other green-energy products — China has sent the price of compact fluorescent bulbs soaring in the United States.

But democrats don’t care.
Its democrat policy that has allowed China to monopolize the rare earth metals market.
The Tatler reported:

The administration’s harsh regulatory environment is harming yet more sectors of the American economy, rare earth minerals mining and electronics manufacturing. We use these minerals every day in cell phones, high tech industries and leading edge medical tech, even jet engines. DoD uses them in some of our most sophisticated information systems and weapons. American businesses want to purchase these minerals from domestic sources, and the US is among the world’s leading sources of rare earth minerals. A huge new source for one rare earth element, niobium, was announced in Nebraska just this week.


It currently takes up to five times longer to get approval to mine for minerals here than it does in other countries, driving investment, production and jobs away from America. From the time a project request is submitted to the time a final ruling is made, a decade can slip by and paperwork as much as 6 feet high filed and reviewed – repeatedly. Not surprisingly, when investors are ready to move on a project, they turn to countries that are ready to do business, rather than tackle the Byzantine regulatory review process here in the United States.

One of those countries is China, which also possesses large quantities of these minerals. American businesses are finding it easier to do business with the ChiComs than with the American government to get these minerals. Democrat Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania writes that China is leveraging its position (and the Obama administration’s regulatory hostility to mining) to hold a monopoly.

How does China maintain its control over rare earth elements? For one thing, it controls production. The only mine currently producing rare earths is based in China. They also ensure that most of the supplies remain in China by deliberately limiting exports through strict quotas and stiff duties. These illegal measures operate to chill exports and drive global prices through the roof.

As a consequence, today American manufacturers struggle with ever-escalating costs of production, compromising the ability of American companies to compete and create jobs.

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  • Patty

    April 5, 2012
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  • Patty


    Breitbart would love this one.



  • Sasja

    Tim, why are you buying those lights? You don’t have to, you know. I linked above to a source for incandescents which are manufactured here. We can still purchase incandescents; bought some at Wal-Mart yesterday. 40 and 60 watt. Not GE.

  • Sasja

    I have to say, I really did like GE’s reveal light bulbs. Especially for reading. Will miss those.

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  • Tim in Cali

    @Sasja,I have no choice but to buy them…the ballasts in the (48 ” fluoresant)permanent light fixtures were changed by the owners,won’t take anything else ..super thin,round as a dime…BTW…4 lights/$20…one more thing…Al Gore can !@#$%^&*(!@#$%^&*

  • squeaky

    trade off our dependence on foreign oil for dependence on foreigh rare earth minerals sure sounds like a winner [not]. japan had an issue with china back in 2010…China is doing something to Japan that it’s never done to any other nation. It said on Wednesday that it’s blocking exports of rare earth minerals to Japan in retaliation for the detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain…….

  • Obamas regulation destroy jobs

    sick..sick..do you recognize America???4 more years of this????? Democrats, Hollywood make me sick. Our Congress still does NOTHING..they do nothing to Holder, why???? Just paper pushers. This Congress allows anything and everything….

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  • mtich rapp

    Why work when you can get free lunches, food stamps, dumbed down education, free housing and school loans to buy Ipads, clothes and doobie’s.

    Obama the man with the Stash! Terrorist – no problem here’s a billion and a half!

    Green energy that does not make the numbers? no problem we’ll guarantee your loan for bonuses, cars and contributions to my campaign!

  • Sasja

    Tim in Calif.

    Buy lamps. Table lamps and floor lamps and use those. They don’t have to be expensive and if you can’t find what you need in your local stores, shop on-line.

    I take it you’re in Kalifornia. Ever think about leaving?

  • Gini

    #6 April 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    Militant Conservative commented:
    I bought a five year supply of incandescent bulbs.

    I also have a good supply of incandescent. Simply have then tucked away in closet.

  • aprilnovember811

    And we have a castrated Congress, should I even refer to them as Congress anymore? How about Quislings? We have a castrated military hierarchy, a castrated FBI, the ATF is a gang of criminals, the TSA are brownshirts, and we’re left on our own, and thank God we’re armed.

    He is not the only one guilty here. Megyn Kelly, O’Reilly, Hannity, all of FIX News, we already know about the others, what used to be a Congress, the courts, and the Islamo-Nazi collaborators I mentioned above are responsible for this treason.

    Obama is working for the Muslim Brotherhood and Weathermen to destroy the country from within. But don’t worry, the man who should be in prison or tending bar and his little puppy that follows him around on a leash, Boehner and Cantor, get along with the infiltrator just fine. They just don’t like his policies. Yes, we’re supposed to swallow that.

    FOX News has gone to the dark side, they’ve hired Jesse Jackson’s daughter. Yes, that would be the race extortionists daughter. They are ugly traitors.

  • aprilnovember811

    There is a website where you can buy incandescent lightbulbs legally, can you believe we have to say that? Or Canada is a good place. I will never buy one of these, just to throw it in their treasonous faces, and I don’t purchase GE anything. I won’t even buy an extension cord from them. I went to get one in Target one day, and walked out and went somewhere else. GE can collapse.

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