Green New Deal Would Lead to Drastic Increase in Mining

Since President Trump’s removal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, one proposal Democrats have floated is a Green New Deal. Basically, the plan involves moving the United States to 100 percent renewable energy.

However, according to The Washington Examiner, there is one catch: the plan will ratchet up hardrock mining. Citing a new study published last week eiden University in the Netherlands and environmental consulting firms Metabolic and Copper8, The Examiner quotes from the manuscript stating in part:

Transitioning to a global renewable energy system devoid of fossil fuels will place a strain on the supply of certain metals required to manufacture solar panels and wind turbines, according to the study, requiring twelve times today’s production by 2050.

And that estimate does not include increasing demand for other electronic goods like electric cars and iPhones, which also require the same metals, the study said.

Specifically, the demand for so-called “rare earth metals” such as neodymium, terbium, dysprosium, and praseodymium stands out as a potential problem for moving to a global energy system dominated by renewables. The metals are required for their conductivity properties.

Worst part about all of this is that most of the rare earth materials mentioned are mined in China which makes the United States exposed to supply chain susceptibilities since it relies on foreign countries, like China,for many of the materials we use for communication and even national security purposes. The result is the country’s lax environmental rules and corruption results in