by Warner Todd Huston at conservativefiringline.com
Biden is at it again, pushing fake “green energy” policies that ban American energy producers and suppliers while paying off his Chinese minders.
Biden just put a 20-year ban on mining in 225,504 acres in a northern Minnesota forest area where some of America’s largest mineral reserves are located. But he also boosted the purchase of the same minerals from other countries.
per Fox News
The action announced by the Department of the Interior (DOI) effectively prohibits mining activity from taking place in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Duluth, Minnesota, and surrounding area for the next two decades. The agency said it took the action in an effort to protect the local environment and watershed, which environmentalists worried would be contaminated by mining activity.
“The Department of the Interior takes seriously our obligations to steward public lands and waters on behalf of all Americans. Protecting a place like Boundary Waters is key to supporting the health of the watershed and its surrounding wildlife, upholding our Tribal trust and treaty responsibilities, and boosting the local recreation economy,” DOI Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.
“With an eye toward protecting this special place for future generations, I have made this decision using the best-available science and extensive public input,” she continued.
Last year, the DOI canceled two mineral leases held by the firm Twin Metals Minnesota, which had been located in the Superior National Forest located outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As a result of that decision and the action Thursday, domestic mining companies will effectively be banned from operating in the region for the foreseeable future and the forest’s vast critical mineral resources will be left untapped.
However, Twin Metals’ mining project contained about 88% of the nation’s cobalt reserves in addition to vast copper, nickel and platinum-group elements. Such critical minerals are vital for various green energy technologies like electric vehicle batteries, battery storage facilities, solar panels and wind turbines, which the Biden administration has aggressively pushed.
And guess where he is now buying the same minerals he won’t let Americans mine?
Yeah, you guessed it. China and other U.S. enemies.
Biden is forcing American industry to get their much-needed minerals and rare earths from China, Russia, Zambia, and the Congo, among others.read more