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More Rare Earth Rumblings


It’s time to look at the market for rare earths again. Rare earths are chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust. These elements, which are critical, are used in cars, consumer electronics, computers, communications, clean energy and defense systems. So why worry about them? China produces and controls 80% of the world’s rare earths. Other nations depend on China for these materi... » read more

Still Searching For Rare Earths


There is both good and bad news for buyers of rare earths. The good news: It’s a buyers’ market. Prices for rare earths remain depressed amid a glut in the marketplace. The bad news: The supplier base is shaky. China still accounts for 85% of the world’s total production of rare earths, but most Chinese suppliers are operating at a loss. And two of the main non-Chinese suppliers, M... » read more

Power Vs. Policy


A trip to this year’s auto show in San Jose, Calif., was an interesting contrast to what’s being shown at CES. While there are a number of new cars hitting the market this year with greatly improved gas efficiency—notably from BMW, Honda, Chevrolet and even Cadillac—the vast majority of cars still list efficiency ratings of 30mpg or less. The flashiest cars remain in the teen range, wit... » read more