Green Tech Media: A Strategic Approach to Rare Earth Elements as Global Trade Tensions Flare

Institute fellow Roger Turner shares his perspective on China’s domination of rare earth metal production and what it means for other countries.

When recent headlines announced that rare earth elements might become a weapon in the growing trade war between the U.S. and China, green tech leaders may have suffered from flashbacks. Throughout the 21st century, China has dominated global production of these metals, which are vital to cell phones and hard drives as well as green technologies like wind turbines, hybrid and electric cars, and some kinds of energy efficient lighting.

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