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By Andrew P. Napolitano
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jack Lifton
It is time for the U.S. to stop panicking and start mining in the face of a possible shortage of "rare earth" mineral supplies from China, which dominates the global supply for the obscure minerals critical to the modern high-tech economy, according to market analysts and a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
China's recent halt of exotic metal shipments to Japan amid a diplomatic spat has reverberated throughout the world's high-tech manufacturing hubs _ now on heightened alert to the risks of relying on one country for materials that do everything from helping hybrid engines run to creating the color red in televisions.
"If we didn't have [these minerals], we wouldn't have BlackBerrys. We wouldn't have DVD players. ... Without them we simply wouldn't have mass-produced miniature electronics," Mr. Lifton said.
Jack Lifton, a founder of Technology Metals Research LLC, said the minerals China is hoarding are essential to much of American technology.