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Behind China’s Rare Earth Controversy

Behind China’s Rare Earth Controversy

On Wednesday in Beijing, the Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, published the country’s first white paper, on China’s rare earth industry. Some of the information in the report caused a stir in the U.S. equity markets. Shares of Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), owner of the Mountain Pass rare earth mine in California, […]

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Natural Gas Vehicles in China

Natural Gas Vehicles in China

With the price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States now at $4 — and climbing — CNBC’s Rick Santelli is making it his personal mission to demonstrate to the world that cars can easily be converted to run on natural gas. Santelli is best known for starting the Tea Party movement with […]

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China, Beijing and the Electric Vehicle

China, Beijing and the Electric Vehicle

By all appearances, China’s central government is getting serious about electric vehicles. As we discussed in our recent post on Driving in Beijing, buying an electric vehicle is one way to get around the restrictions that Beijing began to impose this year on the issuance of new license plates. But, there are other benefits to […]

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Air Quality in Beijing

As a follow-up to our previous post, air quality in Beijing over the past four days was as bad as I have seen it in my 15 years here. Today’s headline in China Daily, Capital’s air quality “worst,” summed it up best. According to the Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau’s website, air quality in Huangcun […]

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How Green is China?

On days like today and the last few that we’ve had in Beijing, when the air is so thick that you can almost cut it with a knife, you have to wonder whether China is taking the environment seriously. In fact, air quality was so bad at the China Open on Thursday that the organizers […]

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China’s Need For Energy-Saving Technology

In an interview with Alex Dumortier of The Motley Fool in 2008, I was asked which industries I thought had good future prospects in China. I mentioned several growth areas, but Alex focused on my third suggestion: “any technology that has anything to do with the environment.” With China having now surpassed the United States […]

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CBS says Red Is Green

CBS News had an interesting take on the development of the global green industry. While start-ups have played a crucial role in getting the industry off the ground, CBS believes that the future will be dominated by large, industrial companies which it calls “Green Giants.” Why? Green technology involves revamping the physical infrastructure of the […]

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Copenhagen: A Failure of Leadership

It was supposed to be history in the making when representatives from 192 countries met in Copenhagen to formulate a global solution to what some believe is the biggest problem facing mankind. Instead, it degenerated into a sometimes tawdry display of finger-pointing and trading of barbs between representatives from the developed countries of the world […]

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Hu’s Messages From Singapore

Hu’s Messages From Singapore

Dressed in Asian garb and smiling for the cameras, the leaders of the 21 nations that make up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) looked as though they were at a love fest in Singapore this weekend. For those who cared to read between the lines, though, President Hu Jintao of China, the country whose importance […]

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America’s China Agenda at Risk

America’s China Agenda at Risk

The true cost of President Barack Obama’s decision to slap a 35 percent tariff on tires imported from China will begin to be felt this week. So far, China’s response to the protectionist measure appears to be limited to a “tit for tat” action against chicken and auto parts exports from the United States. With […]

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