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New Nationalism News

August 24, 2021

This edition will focus on the Afghanistan withdrawal – both how we got here and the potential problem it creates for the clean energy industry.

The Sad History of the Afghan war over Four Presidencies

This story tells how a war with the clear objective of capturing or killing the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks morphed into a futile nation-building exercise and then a losing quagmire.

Bush, Obama, Trump, Biden: How four presidents created today’s Afghanistan mess – CNNPolitics

What the Taliban were telling us when we listened

A US Air Force intelligence officer assigned to monitor Taliban communications in support of our troops wrote both an inspiring and sobering account of what he learned about them and Afghanistan during his tours of duty. We are all lucky to have military members with the dedication, skill and courage this author showed during his service there.

What I Learned While Eavesdropping on the Taliban – The Atlantic

The Crisis for Clean Energy

The Taliban inherit mineral wealth worth trillions of dollars. In particular, Afghanistan has been called the Saudi Arabia of lithium, an essential element of batteries and other renewable energy sources. We may have to accept the Taliban and their radical Islam in order to meet the ambitious clean energy goals of the Biden Administration.  Otherwise, China and Russia will end up controlling the lithium reserves and require us to buy from them, endangering our broader national security. 

Under the Taliban, what will happen to Afghanistan’s minerals? — Quartz (qz.com)

China, Domestic Policy, Environment, Foreign Policy

Chinese Climate Hypocrisy

This deeply disturbing 10 minute video from Bloomberg news is an important eye-opener on the danger of  globalist naïveté regarding China’s climate change policies. It discloses that almost half of the polysilicon used in solar panels comes from factories located in Xinjiang, China, and potentially through coerced labor from the Uighur minority.  Moreover, the Chinese are able to undercut the market for this source of “ clean energy” because the electricity in Xinjiang is produced from coal .   Despite this and the fact that the  Biden Administration has already sanctioned China for this oppression, the President and his climate ambassador still think we can trust China to abide by climate commitments.  This report makes it clear that their clean energy program is really a mercantilist ploy to dominate the solar panel market.  It’s a long video, but I encourage you to see every minute. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-04-13/the-solar-industry-s-xinjiang-problem-video