Thus, America and the US are accelerating plans to tap into Afghanistan, making Germany and Britain glad that they tagged along for the adventure in Afghanistan and Silicon Valley and Alternative Energy interests glad to know that their supply of Rare Earth Metals is secure. Japan, not taking any chances with China and their WWII grudge, or supply crunch, or personal ambitions with regards to EV’s market, having been caught off guard completely or whatever the REAL reason is for their freeze on exports, is teaming up with Vietnam, which ironically, has untapped Rare Earth Mineral resources as well. Recycling of electronics gadgets, even extracting gold from wastewater from Japan’s industrial area, which is proving to be more profitable than mining gold, are systems that now have to be put in places to ensure the proper recycling of Rare Earth Metals before the impending Rare Earth Metals Crunch of 2012. GM knows this and is looking into recycling batteries as a means of lowering the cost of EV’s, much in the same way that mobile phones are recycled by Digicel. South American country Chile, the world’s No. 1 producer of Lithium is set to benefit greatly from this crunch, with Bolivia, also a lithium producer, entertaining very good aspirations of making Lithium-ion batteries to get into the EV business. People, this is VERY big, like an International Crime mystery, with exotic locales and intrigue.
Never before, I am sure, dear readers, has the World of Electronics and Gadgets seemed so exciting, coming alive to even include a little Geopolitical Economics power play centering around a coming product for a market which does not yet exist and a product that no one is sure will even be a success. Then again, they did say the same thing about the Nintendo Wii (2006), the Apple iPhone (2007) and the Apple iPad (2009), all of which were not only a success, but are game changers in their own right, clearing a path for everyone to follow.
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