Rare-Earth Elements On CBC Radio’s The Current

by Admin on October 30, 2010 · 6 comments

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On Friday October 29, 2010, Jack Lifton was interviewed by CBC Radio’s Gillian Findlay on “The Current”.

The subject was the rare earths and an extract can be played below:

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1 D. Carlton Rossi October 31, 2010 at 1:44 PM

The CBC Radio interview with Mr. Jack Lifton is informative.

I hope your readers won’t mind too much if I digress for a minute since I have been waiting 30 years for the development of the site at Thor Lake.

The Canadian government and western provinces have a clear policy on heavy oil. Industry has developed the technology for decades. There is a recognition of the strategic importance of heavy oil in terms of security of supply and energy independence. Its economic importance is understood.

Why cannot the same thing be said of REE’s in Canada? For that matter, I see little policy or understanding in Canada of the world’s second superpower. This superpower is a leader in REE’s because it had a policy and understanding of them.

2 fran October 31, 2010 at 9:05 PM


recognition slighted for two reaons:

[1]gasoline[fuel] shortages and inconvenience to OECD citizens. there haven’t yet been same due to rare earth shortage.

[2]hegemony. self explanatory

3 Chris November 1, 2010 at 10:00 AM

” The study says that demand-supply gaps for neodymium, dysprosium, praseodymium, each used in magnets, as well as for yttrium, used in lasers, are likely persist longer than for the 13 other elements,

” The study recommends, among other steps, an examination of how the Defense Department could aid companies such as Molycorp, which has applied to the Energy Department for $280 million in U.S. government loan guarantees to help finance restarting its open-pit, rare-earths mine in Mountain Pass, California, in the Mojave Desert. ”


If Ucore proves up their final formula stage, there won’t be a heavy deposit like it.
Thanks to Mr. Lifton for clarifying how much cleaner today’s REE deposits will be. I alway slaugh at how the media jumps on Moly’s past without saying, in all fairness, we are comparing over a decade of advancement, let alone to what processes China has allowed for decades.

It’s always been unfair to the entire REE industry to label it unclean because of the internal damage China had allowed.

4 Chris November 1, 2010 at 2:35 PM

The Pentagon study recommends, among other steps, an examination of how the Defense Department could aid companies such as Molycorp, the person familiar with the findings said.


Who cares if they’re short sided, long as they write some checks !

Besides, i doubt they’d really shame themselves even more by screaming fire on a plane. And after a year of looking all they can publically say is, we don’t know but GE is in trouble. Haha

Or that couldn’t be a sign that they’re gonna boost GE’s R&D could it ?? Naaa.

” Under Title III of the Defense Production Act of 1950, the Pentagon can provide financial incentives to industry to make investments in production capabilities for materials deemed to be in the national interest.
Just write some checks.

5 Tek November 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I enjoyed the chemistry lesson about REE’s electron signatures. And it makes me wonder just HOW MUCH more efficient and clean are extraction process designs likely to be, than China’s past/present. And how might that mitigate permitting?.
And, according to our survey of the interview, the number for today is SIX. Six being the likely number of major integrated producer/manufacturers of REE’s who can be viable outside of China.
Very interesting interview.

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