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2010-11-01 20:51:15

It's not hard to argue in favor of alternatives to fossil fuels these days, but one popular argument "“ domestic energy security "“ may be standing on very shaky legs. A lot of rare metals are needed to make photovoltaic panels, rare earth magnets for wind generators, fuel cells and high-capacity batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. But most industrialized nations, including the United States, are almost entirely dependent on foreign sources for those metals. The only way...