Iran to help Bolivia’s lithium industry

November 10, 2010

Iranian Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Akbar Mehrabian says Iran will help Bolivia industrialize its lithium mines and produce lithium batteries.

Mehrabian said that the cooperation will be based on agreements signed between the two countries during the recent visit of Bolivian President Evo Morales to Tehran.

Iran will render technical and engineering assistance for the projects and will also cooperate with Bolivia in producing other lithium products, IRNA quoted Mehrabian as saying on Sunday.

During the Bolivian president’s visit, Tehran and La Paz inked five memoranda of understating following talks in the Iranian capital.

Last year, Iran signed a deal with Bolivia to help the Andean nation conduct research on the exploitation of lithium in the Salar de Uyuni desert.

Iranian experts, Brazil’s Ministry of Science, and researchers from companies such as France’s Eramet SA and Bollore SA conducted a joint study on Bolivia’s lithium reserves.

Bolivia possesses about 70 percent of the world’s lithium and should thus be able to supply the international market for the next 500 years and reduce the world’s reliance on dwindling fossil fuels, experts say.

Lithium has wide applications in the production of rechargeable batteries in cell phones, laptops, and electric cars. Lithium can also be compounded with aluminum for use in the production of light bodies for airplanes and cars.

The Bolivian government plans to eventually produce 30,000 tons of lithium per annum.

Iran is one of Bolivia’s main partners in the area of lithium production and has inked a number of agreements on the exploitation of the country’s lithium mines.

(Source: Press TV)

So now that we know that Green Tech is also dependent on terrorists… now what?


China Said to Widen Its Embargo of Minerals to the United States

October 20, 2010

Doesn’t seem like Obama has impressed the Chinese at all when he bowed to the Japanese Emperor to show he doesn’t only bow to the Saudis.  Another sign of the worst foreign policy in history.  Show weakness… and China does this to you.   China is going to have us by the balls with this if we leave Afghanistan like we did in Iraq. these minerals just showed up in our war zone a few months ago… so what appeared to be just about of goat lovers and rocks is the future of green tech if we let Afghanistan go the way of Bolivia…

The signals of a tougher Chinese trade stance come after American trade officials announced on Friday that they would investigate whether China was violating World Trade Organization rules by subsidizing its clean energy exports and limiting clean energy imports. The inquiry includes whether China’s steady reductions in rare earth export quotas since 2005, along with steep export taxes on rare earths, are illegal attempts to force multinational companies to produce more of their high-technology goods in China.

REE, used in fiber-optic telecom cables, military gear, computers and other technologies, aren’t actually as uncommon as the name implies. Some of them are about as abundant as industrial metals like nickel, copper, zinc and lead. For comparison, the two least abundant REE (thulium and lutetium) are almost 200 times more common than gold. But the problem is it’s rare for these metals to become concentrated in deposits that are easy to tap, and as a result, most of the world’s supply comes from just a few sites.

China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of those materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday.

U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

June 14, 2010
Guess what America found in Afghanistan?  your next laptop and car.  too bad our government isn’t as bad as the Anti-War Left says we are… if we really had occupying tendencies then we would not of let the rest of the world outbid us for oil fields in Iraq that we let the Iraqis put on the market autonomously.  now apparently American blood will also spill in the Afghan… without any financial gain… and now apparently we just found one.  

The previous leftist claim was that the Afghan territory was of use for the pipeline between Iran, Turkey and Russia.  That never held water because there were other routes.

Now apparently we have something to lose.  I have no doubt that those against the war will attempt to spin this.

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

This is only good news for the U.S. if America wants to occupy the Afghan long term. The alternative Lithium mining for us is Bolivia which is also an unstable Nation. It’s good news for those that would like to fight the opium trade, but the oil in Iraq for example was given in bid and lost to America by non American companies because the U.S. does not force business over the countries they occupy and for the most part allows the locals to get the best price for their resources

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and Blackberries.
The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
The value of the newly discovered mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistan’s existing war-bedraggled economy, which is based largely on opium production and narcotics trafficking as well as aid from the United States and other industrialized countries. Afghanistan’s gross domestic product is only about $12 billion.
“This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy,” said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines.
American and Afghan officials agreed to discuss the mineral discoveries at a difficult moment in the war in Afghanistan. The American-led offensive in Marja in southern Afghanistan has achieved only limited gains. Meanwhile, charges of corruption and favoritism continue to plague the Karzai government, and Mr. Karzai seems increasingly embittered toward the White House.
So the Obama administration is hungry for some positive news to come out of Afghanistan. Yet the American officials also recognize that the mineral discoveries will almost certainly have a double-edged impact.
Instead of bringing peace, the newfound mineral wealth could lead the Taliban to battle even more fiercely to regain control of the country.
The corruption that is already rampant in the Karzai government could also be amplified by the new wealth, particularly if a handful of well-connected oligarchs, some with personal ties to the president, gain control of the resources. Just last year, Afghanistan’s minister of mines was accused by American officials of accepting a $30 million bribe to award China the rights to develop its copper mine. The minister has since been replaced.
Endless fights could erupt between the central government in Kabul and provincial and tribal leaders in mineral-rich districts. Afghanistan has a national mining law, written with the help of advisers from the World Bank, but it has never faced a serious challenge.
“No one has tested that law; no one knows how it will stand up in a fight between the central government and the provinces,” observed Paul A. Brinkley, undersecretary of defense and leader of the Pentagon team that discovered the deposits.
At the same time, American officials fear resource-hungry China will try to dominate the development of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, which could upset the United States, given its heavy investment in the region. After winning the bid for its Aynak copper mine in Logar Province, China clearly wants more, American officials said.
Another complication is that because Afghanistan has never had much heavy industry before, it has little or no history of environmental protection either. “The big question is, can this be developed in a responsible way, in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible?” Mr. Brinkley said. “No one knows how this will work.”

If the United States people really were evil and as bad as the Anti-war people claim then this would be very good news. Sadly… as we have learned watching the similarity between Bush and Obama in theory, the Anti War people are wrong. It would be nice to see America running our Chevy Volts on Afghan Lithium… but the real good news would be a local U.S. source of Lithium