Green New Deal Could Be A Huge Boon For China

By Michael Bastasch From The Daily Caller – Re-Blogged From WUWT

  • Plans like the Green New Deal could end up making the U.S. more dependent on China, according to reports.
  • A new study found the U.S. would need to import more rare earth minerals from China to build more offshore wind turbines.
  • “These demands would total over 15.5 [gigagrams] of neodymium by 2050,” reads the study.

A new study underscores a longstanding concern about sweeping plans, like the Green New Deal, to increase renewable energy use in America: dependency on China.

[I’d be interested in knowing if China (secrtly) has funded any democrats. -Bob]

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Terrifying New African Ebola Outbreak

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

The description of the latest Ebola epidemic sounds like the script of a dark Hollywood outbreak movie – a rising outbreak in a conflict zone, medical staff hampered by threats to physical safety, frightening indications this outbreak may become worse than previous outbreaks.

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‘Major, Major Game-Changer’: Ebola Spreads to Big Congo City

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area.

“This is a major, major game-changer in the outbreak,” Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, warned on Thursday.

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The Congo Is Set to Butt Heads With Mining Firms Over Cobalt

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Battery producers will continue their rush to ensure continued supplies of raw materials like cobalt amid soaring demand.
  • New mining regulations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remain in limbo, but any change to the code will result in a backlash by the many large mining operations in the country.
  • Despite the political uncertainty, Kinshasa’s role as a mineral exporter will not diminish and the government will continue to seek ways to benefit from resource wealth.

A worker at a copper and cobalt mine near Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 23, 2016.

(JUNIOR KANNAH/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPIEGEL Interview with African Economics Expert: “For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!”

Interview conducted by Thilo Thielke – Translated from the German by Patrick Kessler

Re-Blogged From Spiegel Online

SPIEGEL:

Mr. Shikwati, the G8 summit at Gleneagles is about to beef up the development aid for Africa…

Shikwati: … for God’s sake, please just stop.

SPIEGEL: Stop? The industrialized nations of the West want to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Shikwati: Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.

SPIEGEL: Do you have an explanation for this paradox?

Shikwati: Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

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