If China were to ban exports of rare earth minerals to the US would we be able to find alterantive sources easily?



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    The Mountain Pass mine in California was once the world’s largest producer of rare earths, and plans are afoot to re-start operations there (it was essentially put out of business by the low-cost supplies from China in the early 1990s). It will likely be costly, of course. More information about some other US rare-earth possibilities in the link (disclaimer, the link is my own blog). There is news about rare-earth developments almost daily.

    So – yes, we could find alternative sources. “Easily” is not necessarily applicable however.

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