Green Energy Could Lead to China Dominance

Green Energy Could Lead to China Dominance

March 3, 2021

In July and October of last year, Power The Future released two studies relating to China’s potential path to energy dominance. The first study is focused on rare earth elements and their essential role in the creation of solar panels, electric cars, and other green tech that the eco-left insists we must use to stop climate change. The second study expands this scope, focusing not only on the resources necessary for green tech but the actual manufacturing process. Both studies make clear that transitioning to green energy prematurely will make us dependent on China.

Apparently, others are beginning to realize the significance of this risk. Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, recently wrote in The Hill: 

The United States lacks a reliable supply of critical minerals that can be made into metals for everything from laptops to batteries for electric vehicles to solar panels to wind turbines.

Under President Trump, America achieved energy independence by tapping into our own abundant natural resources. But, the Biden Administration’s radical climate agenda will force us to extend well beyond our means, sacrificing the economic and geopolitical benefits that we fought so hard to achieve. 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced the American Mineral Security Act to rebuild domestic supply chains, and in December, near the end of his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency in the mining industry largely on account of the dearth of critical minerals important to American interests.

Still, without similar action from the Biden Administration, Ali notes that it will take years for America to overcome aggressive Chinese actions to dominate global supplies. Hopefully President Biden recognizes the legitimacy of this threat and changes course, encouraging the use of domestic resources rather than limiting them.