February 16, 2010
There's a lot more to going green than just separating your glass, plastic, and paper waste from the rest of it. You've got to buy fancy lightbulbs, and insulate your house, and maybe install some solar panels, and you definitely need to get some sort of green car. (Unless you're Al Gore or Prince Charles. Then, you should fly private jets all over the world and waste tons of electricity. It's good for the planet. Shut up.)
And, as we all know, Teh Won is pretty damn sure that the way to fix the economy is green jobs. After all, it's the way of the future, those evil oil companies are run by fat-cat capitalist assholes, and you need to have some sort of a political agenda to push when your "stimulus bill" has stimulated us straight to double-digit unemployment.
How could going green possibly go wrong?
Well ... a couple of ways, actually. (All emphasis, naturally is mine.)
Now rare earth elements with exotic names such as europium and tantalum hold the key to hybrid cars, wind turbines and crystal-clear TV displays - that is, if a looming supply shortage doesn't stop innovation in its tracks.
Rare earth elements, called "rare earths" by those who use and study them, often prove irreplaceable in green technologies and high-tech consumer products. Yet the world's production of rare minerals relies mainly upon China, and the Chinese government warned last year that its own rising demand will soon force it to stop exporting the precious elements.
"Countries and companies that have or plan to develop industries that need rare earth minerals to make products are concerned about China's growing consumption, which they fear will eliminate China's exports of rare earths," said W. David Menzie, chief of the international minerals section at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
China has also encouraged companies that use rare earths to locate their manufacturing facilities in China, Menzie told TechNewsDaily. But some companies fear moving because of concerns about intellectual property protection, he added.
Deposits of rare earth elements exist in the United States, Canada and other countries. But only China's government supports the mining and refining industries capable of processing the resources from start to finish.
Brilliant. Fucking brilliant. So, not only does China own our goddamn debt, they also have, essentially, a world-wide monopoly on mining and refining the very elements that are essential to our essential green jobs push? Are you fucking kidding me?
I have a few choice words on this subject.
How the motherfucking hell do the liberals rationalize a bloody thing?
When oil is an issue, the collective scream is for energy independence. But fuck you for thinking that we should start drilling for the oil that we all ready have within our own country. You might hurt the purple-crested-boogey-man's habitat! So, fuck you, keep sending money to the Middle East to buy their oil.
When power costs are an issue, they've started turning to nuclear power (and I'm for nuclear power, by the way). But fuck you if you think that we have anywhere to store the waste, and fuck you for thinking we could try to continue to use that waste for even more nuclear fuel.
Now, it's about fucking green jobs. Wind power and solar power and green cars. But fuck you for thinking that we could develop these technologies on our own. No, just like with everything else, we have to rely on a foreign power - worse yet, fucking China - to give us that shit. How are we supposed to make any jobs with this mindset? Someone, please, tell me fucking how.
Because I cannot for the life of me figure out what the shit is this fuck.
Update: I was wrong. China is no longer our biggest debt holder. After dropping $34.2 billion of its holdings in US treasuries, it's actually second, after Japan
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