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Annoying Byproduct

“A US department of energy report warned on 15 December that, in the absence of mines such as this one, America risks losing control over the production of a host of technologies, from smart phones to smart bombs, electric car batteries to wind turbines, because of a virtual Chinese monopoly on the rare earth metals essential to their production.”

“Rare earth metals mine is key to US control over hi-tech future,” by Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian UK, Sunday 26 December 2010

For the rest of the article, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/26/rare-earth-metals-us