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)
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.
Today marks the beginning of a new feature of this website called New Nationalism News, which will curate stories from the last week that illustrate world nationalism and the strategies American nationalism should use in response. To those of you who are familiar with the RealClearPolitics site (www.realclearpolitics.com), think of this as RealClearNationalism. You can also follow these posts in real time by joining the associated Facebook and Twitter sites where they are also posted. Simply click on the buttons on the bottom and then follow my New American Nationalism Facebook page or join my Twitter feed. Please feel free to suggest articles for the week as well.
This weeks stories illustrate the increasing nationalism in Asia and especially in China. I provide a short introduction to each for better reference and to give you my interpretation of their significance.
While US and Western globalists tout international fraternity, Asia is requiring its citizens to reject transnational ties and choose the nationalism of their countries instead.
Meanwhile, China has built the largest navy in the world. TR would understand the significance of this to our allies in Asia and have nothing but cutting insults for liberal globalists who suggest cutting the defense budget. https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/china/china-world-biggest-navy-intl-hnk-ml-dst/index.html
In contrast to the Biden Administration, China refuses to sacrifice its growth goals on the altar of the Paris Accord. As the article points out, this will allow them to increase emissions through 2030 and practically prevent achievement of effective CO reductions. Adaptation must become the most important element of our response.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-06/china-s-top-leaders-leave-tough-climate-decisions-to-bureaucrats?srnd=premium
The final story for today is about how China is diversifying its imports of critical materials to allow it to use trade as a weapon. In particular, it is concentrating on sourcing its imports from fellow autocratic regimes. The US needs to pay more attention to its supply chains of raw materials as well.