The link between Rare Earths and Thorium
Rare Earths and Thorium are linked at the mineralogical level. In order for the United States to participate in the modern economy of advanced material science related products, the U.S. must become a self- sufficient producer of these earth products at every level of the value chain. This is not possible without a radical change in U.S. policy regarding Thorium. To learn more about Thorium please visit Thorium Energy Alliance.
Rare Earth and U.S. Industrial & Energy Policy, ThREE Consulting and You
Rare Earths represent the only bridge between technologies of the past and the enhanced state of performance for most current technology. Rare Earths are comprised of the 15 Lanthanide Elements on the Periodic Table and the elements Scandium and Yttrium. Currently China controls 97% of the production for light rare earths and 99% of the global production for heavy rare earths. By leveraging its global monopoly China now commands and controls most of the value chain for heavy rare earths, including research, commercial development and IP (patents).
A Simple Solution
In one state alone a single mining industry dumps over 200% of our Nations annual rare earth resource requirements into tailings lakes each year – because of the Thorium.