Daily Mail Online: Pentagon plans to cut U.S. reliance on China for ‘rare earth’ minerals amid trade war fears

One of the reasons why the United States get most of it’s rare earth minerals elsewhere, is because the mining process greatly damages the environment… I believe environmentalists will fight it in the United States.

The U.S. Defense Department has submitted a report to Congress on rare earth minerals as it looks to reduce American reliance on China, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, amid mounting concern in Washington about Beijing’s role as a supplier.

Although the Pentagon did not provide details of the report, it said it was tied to a federal program designed to bolster domestic production capabilities by offering ‘tailored’ economic incentives.

Source: Pentagon plans to cut U.S. reliance on China for ‘rare earth’ minerals amid trade war fears | Daily Mail Online

The Washington Post: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears

But It’s Ok When Obama Did It

The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials.

At the Pentagon, they’re privately calling the former Marine officer and fighter pilot who’s supposed to keep his eye on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “the commissar,” according to a high-ranking defense official with knowledge of the situation. It’s a reference to Soviet-era Communist Party officials who were assigned to military units to ensure their commanders remained loyal.

Source: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears | The Washington Post

This is the height to arrogant double standards.