The new U.S. plan to rival China and end cornering of market in rare earth metals

CNBC – April 17, 2021

Excerpt from CNBC:

Key Points:

  • In 2019, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, although exports fell last year in part due to Covid-19.
  • Rare earths elements are more abundant than their name suggests but extracting, processing and refining the metals poses a range of technical, political and environmental issues.
  • The Biden administration and Department of Energy have targeted rare earths among domestic supply chain priorities as they outline ambitious climate and technology policy.


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