Biden Maladministration Now Cancelling Mining Leases

As if the unlawful cancellation of oil & gas lease sales wasn’t bad enough, Brandon et al., 2021-2022 are now cancelling mining leases that would have led to increased domestic production of the “copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals” required for wind turbines, EV batteries and all of the other Unicorns they believe can replace fossil fuels. As an example, here are the mineral resources required to manufacture smartphones:

The cancelled mining leases were part of a project to tap the vast mineral resources of Maturi deposit in the Duluth complex.

The Duluth complex is a world-class copper-nickel resource, rich in cobalt and platinum group metals.

Twin Metals Minnesota’s Mine Plan of Operations (MPO) was “the culmination of a decade of engineering, environmental study and community engagement work.”

Our plan to do this right.

We at Twin Metals Minnesota are proud to have formally proposed our world-class, 21st century underground copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals mining project for environmental review. This is the first step in ensuring that mining will be done safely in northeast Minnesota.

It’s been a long time coming.

The submission of our Mine Plan of Operations (MPO) to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (SEAW) data submittal to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), is the culmination of a decade of engineering, environmental study and community engagement work.

Where is just as important as why.

The proposed project site is located between the cities of Ely and Babbitt – an area long-sustained by mining. It’s in an area that has been designated for mining, logging and other commercial activities within the U.S. Forest Service Superior National Forest Plan. The project is outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, as well as the federal and state mining exclusion zones surrounding the BWCAW.

We’ll be targeting the minerals within the Maturi deposit, part of the Duluth Complex geologic formation. It’s one of the largest undeveloped deposits of these minerals in the world, with more than 4.4 billion tons of ore containing copper, nickel and other strategic minerals.

Submission of the MPO and SEAW data submittal started a multi-year environmental review process that will thoroughly evaluate our proposal. The review process will include additional baseline data collection, impact analyses and multiple opportunities for public input.

We look forward to this process and the continued conversations with regulators, tribal governments and the public, because at the end of the day, we all want what’s best for Minnesota.

We know this land.
We’ve studied it for years.

Over the course of a decade, we’ve studied the Maturi deposit in great detail. To date, our core storage facility houses approximately 1.5 million feet of core samples from the deposit – about a half million additional feet of core samples have been sent to state storage facilities.

Following mineral resource characterization, several years of process flowsheet engineering work led to conceptual and initial prefeasibility studies. The project design we have today minimizes potential impacts in the areas of water, wetlands, noise, dust, light and visual pollution.

Specific examples include:

*The overall project footprint is only 15-20% of what a traditional open pit mine would be.

*The mine will process 20,000 tons of ore per day.

*Mining operations will occur between 400 and 4,500 feet below the surface.

*Ore processing will remove most of the sulfide minerals. Therefore, tailings will not produce acid rock drainage (ARD).

*Up to 50% of tailings will be diverted from surface storage, and will instead be utilized as backfill in the underground mine.

*Tailings stored on the surface will be dewatered and compressed, otherwise known as dry stacking.

*Adopting dry stacking as the tailings management method will reduce the surface impact by approximately 35% and the wetlands impact by approximately 65%, compared to conventional slurry tailings storage.

*The dry stack facility will be lined and progressively reclaimed with native soil and vegetation.

*The project will not discharge process water, and is designed to not require discharge of contact water. Water used in the mineral concentration process will be reused on site.

*No waste rock will be stored on the surface, eliminating a potential source of ARD.

*Ore crushing will be conducted underground, limiting surface impact, dust and noise.

*No mining will occur under the Birch Lake reservoir.

*After the mine’s closure, most of its infrastructure will be removed, and the surface area will be revegetated.

Our plans are yours to read.

Whenever possible, we strive to maintain an open dialogue with community members, stakeholders and agencies.

We look forward to this process and the continued conversations with regulators, tribal governments and the public, because at the end of the day, we all want what’s best for Minnesota.

Twin Metals Minnesota
  • A world-class mineral resource, rich in the metals needed for the “energy transition.”
  • A meticulously crafted, utterly transparent plan of operations.
  • Located within the continental United States, securing access to strategic minerals.

What’s not to like about this? Apparently the fact that it’s located in these United States and would actually put America first, is what the Harris-Biden Dominion don’t like about it…

Biden administration cancels Twin Metals’ leases to mine near BWCA
Dan Kraker Duluth January 27, 2022

The Biden administration has canceled two federal mineral leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the company’s bid to build an underground mine for copper, nickel and precious metals on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Those leases, located along Birch Lake in the Superior National Forest, about 7 miles east of Ely and just south of the BWCA, are critical to Twin Metals’ plans. They’re required for the company to access the valuable minerals underground.

The Department of the Interior took the action after determining that the leases were improperly renewed by the Trump administration in 2019.

[…]

In a statement, Twin Metals called the announcement “disappointing, but not surprising given the series of actions the administration has taken to try and shut the door on copper-nickel mining in northeast Minnesota.”

“We will challenge this attempt to stop our project and defend our valid existing mineral rights. We expect to prevail,” the company added.

[…]

In a separate effort, the Biden administration has also proposed a 20-year moratorium on new copper-nickel mining proposals within the watershed of the Boundary Waters, in the same area Twin Metals wants to dig. The government says it’s taking that step because of the pollution risks mining poses to the Boundary Waters.

Mining supporters say that effort, combined with the Twin Metals lease cancelation, block projects that could provide important metals needed for wind turbines and electric car batteries.

“The Biden administration is talking out of both sides of its mouth,” said Frank Ongaro, executive director of Mining Minnesota.

“On one hand, it wants domestic critical minerals for a supply chain to address climate change. And on the other hand, it’s locking us out of the vast majority of the U.S. supply of these metals. That’s extremely hypocritical.”

[…]

MPR News

The race for clean #energy transition (and its minerals) has started

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/alessandro-blasi-6579a66_energy-innovation-sustainability-activity-6892448396959973376-B_5r

Any Questions?

Well… Brandon?

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DHR
February 1, 2022 2:06 pm

Brandon is becoming increasingly mindless day by day. Truly amazing.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  DHR
February 1, 2022 2:31 pm

Dementia onset tells:
Gait impairment. Check (and new research says walking on a sensored Carpet can even distinguish Alzheimer’s from vascular based on the three basic types of gait impairment—irregular pace, irregular stride, irregular side to side).
Emotional outbursts (angry/whisper within seconds of each other). Check
Time/place/process confusion. Check
Lost trains of thought/inapt segues. Check
Interaction avoidance. Check
Dr. Ronnie Johnson (former White House physician) express concerns. Check
Not gonna end well for Dems in 2024 if Biden gets that far.

George T
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 1, 2022 4:36 pm

Yep unless the Democrats decide to embark on another cheating scheme. The D’Souza movie will expose this ballot trafficking and hopefully arouse the electorate to be on alert. As expected, decry climate disasters, but then refuse to mine the minerals required for these wind turbines, solar panels and EV. Makes no sense, but since when have Democrats ever made sense or proposed any public policy that was rational? As far as I am concerned, solar and wind ought to be scraped and choose nuclear.

Rational Db8
Reply to  George T
February 1, 2022 5:00 pm

What won’t this arsehat administration do to try to destroy America? It’s horrifying.

Rational Db8
Reply to  Rational Db8
February 1, 2022 6:33 pm

Biden-Harris’s idea of “America’s Back!” and “Build Back Better.”

Ramirez-Biden can
Rich Davis
Reply to  George T
February 1, 2022 5:25 pm

It totally makes sense once you understand that the goal is to collapse Western civilization, not to transition to alternative energy sources.

Nuclear power could replace fossil fuels. Therefore it is a non-starter.

Intermittent ruinables can’t solve the problem but might take awhile to collapse the economy. The Brandon Administration’s approach is to limit the solutions to the inadequate and then make it impossible even to implement the inadequate.

Sorry, but I’m going back to FJB! LGB is too kind.

Reply to  Rich Davis
February 2, 2022 12:20 am

If Biden threw incredible amounts of money at renewables, carbon credits and starts banning fossil fuel vehicles:

  • A) it’s going to be challenged in court.
  • B) Wind farms and solar arrays will be built on every available space.
  • C) The economy will actually sputter along while Americans make it work.

Alternatively, Biden bans mining and fossil fuel well leases:

  1. Mining shuts down, lawsuits will be filed.
  2. Prices of everything dependent upon mining/fossil fuels will skyrocket.
  3. Biden’s pals, now shorting mining and FF wells, will buy back stocks at greatly reduced prices. Buy any of the mines or wells they can. Then make an incredible killing when fossil fuels and mining starts up again.
  • a) with Biden’s pals owning the best mines, car companies, mining companies, plastics manufacture.
  • b) Owning absurd amounts of the stocks they bought on the dollar market.
  • c) Biden’s pals will be near deities with their wealth.

Stopping mining for minerals and fuels is the quickest way to destroy the nation. It might never happen via the renewable electricity method.

All of which reveals that none of the senior executives believe in the global warming scam.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  George T
February 2, 2022 4:22 am

“As expected, decry climate disasters, but then refuse to mine the minerals required for these wind turbines, solar panels and EV. Makes no sense,”

It might make sense. Maybe the Chicoms told Biden to leave the metals mining business to them. I would think the Chicoms have the power to do such a thing, considering the millions of dollars the Chicoms have paid the Biden family over the years.

Biden wouldn’t want all that influence peddling to come to light, so if the Chicoms decided to use their blackmail power in this case, then Biden’s decision to stop this mining project might make sense.

We really don’t know what Biden’s motivations are right now, considering his family has taken money from the Chicoms and the Russians, and a lot of other unsavory characters.

Biden may not be free to act, for all we know. His decisions may be based on what is best for him, and not on what is best for the rest of us.

Biden needs to be impeached and removed from office as soon as possible. If Republicans win big in November, then come about January 2023, we can start the process of removing this corrupt fool from office. Harris should be included, as she is just as derelict in her duty to us as Joe Biden has been.

If Trump were Speaker of the House, then he would become president in 2023.

It all depends on how many America-First Republicans get elected in November.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 2, 2022 6:40 am

re: “We really don’t know what Biden’s motivations are right now,”

I’m thinking his Lizard* brain craves pudding, and ice cream. These things we know.

Change my mind (as the saying goes) …

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*The primitive, kind of ‘sub-brain’ that drives our instincts, and all that is left when higher-order mental functioning ‘goes away’.

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Kevin kilty
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 1, 2022 4:39 pm

Don’t forget numbers. Numbers meanings are the first things to go.
Numbers and Biden. Check.

Scissor
Reply to  Kevin kilty
February 1, 2022 5:06 pm

My boss in his upper 80’s got so bad he couldn’t add 50 and 50.

Rational Db8
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 1, 2022 6:34 pm

BLM!!

Biden Blank Looks Matter senile dementia alzheimer
DrEd
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 2, 2022 6:02 am

I think he’s too far gone to even know what his f***ing administration is doing. Do you think they “cleared” this decree with him? Did they wake him up and “‘splain” it to him? He’s not running the ship; it’s the stupid people in his administration. And stupid people are the most dangerous – and evil – people on earth. Giving them power is also stoopid!

Reply to  DrEd
February 2, 2022 7:18 am

re: “it’s the stupid people in his administration. And stupid people are the most dangerous”

I call them “dysfunctionals”. X as a mathematical parameter should map functionally one-to-one to one specific Y value, but NOT with a “dysfunctional”! X may map to Y1 or Y2 or Y3 or any random value depending on which way the wind blows!

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 2, 2022 10:14 am

Exactly. He shows all the signs of dementia and you can add lack of impulse control to the list. It is not normal to sniff the hair of women in your proximity and anyone with an ounce of self awareness would certainly not do it on live TV if they wanted to be respected.

StephenP
Reply to  DHR
February 1, 2022 4:10 pm

A typical NIMBY ( not in my back yard ) attitude, just leave it the Chinese to make the mess.
Major cities in which rare earths are being mined include Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, and Guangxi. There has been lasting damage to the villages surrounding the factories.

Bill Rocks
Reply to  StephenP
February 1, 2022 5:19 pm

StephenP

“Major cities in which rare earths are being mined”.

Just a minor clarification: All of the areas you name are provinces, not cities except for Inner Mongolia which is called Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. But, yes, the rare earth production in Inner Mongolia is creating a significant impact as has been noted at WUWT previously.

John
Reply to  DHR
February 1, 2022 5:36 pm

he is brain dead oxygen thief
he is a major reason why the US is in trouble on every front

Reply to  John
February 2, 2022 9:22 am

Not enough oxygen to Brandon’s brain.
He can’t breathe through his mask, he should take it off.
He’s got CO2 in his blood.

Like all the little children in school.

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Rud Istvan
February 1, 2022 2:13 pm

‘Improperly issued’, when Trump did not grant the Pebble Mine open pit application in Alaska on environmental grounds. Lawsuit incoming for sure.
Lets go Brandon.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 1, 2022 5:27 pm

FJB!

Max P
Reply to  Rich Davis
February 2, 2022 10:39 am

There is a FJB! flag, flapping in the wind, just around the corner from me and an Impeach Biden Banner stretched across the roof of the same location.

Someone not afraid to exercise their First Amendment Rights.

Doonman
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 2, 2022 10:33 am

Remember, it was the renewal of existing federal permits that the Biden administration maintains were improperly issued.

So what administration issued them in the first place and why? Sounds like a conspiracy to restrict the administration of law to me.

February 1, 2022 2:18 pm

And at the same time, China is expanding coal and nuclear … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Obi1612pE

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  John Shewchuk
February 1, 2022 2:26 pm

Commy or not- ultimately, China is Confucian- which has everything to do with common sense.

bonbon
Reply to  John Shewchuk
February 1, 2022 2:51 pm

Excellent – China is doing what the USA used to do.
2 China Premiers often mentioned FDR – the American system.
It drives the British absolutely insane – they thought they had the USA back!
It becomes clear as day after Prince Charle’s FLOP26 what this is all about.

MAGA – get on with the American System, join the Belt and Road Initiative!!!

Joseph Zorzin
February 1, 2022 2:25 pm

“What’s not to like about this?”

uh…. thinking….. uh…. can’t think of anything to not like about it… uh… oh, yeh, a few indigenous folks might not like it- so, it had better stop! And, there’s probably some species of mosquito or fly that won’t be happy – better spend another decade researching to be sure /s

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
February 1, 2022 8:35 pm

I suppose it all comes down to what will be done with the waste water and tailings, and transportation will be an issue. Not too many roads.
I have spent many summers canoeing in the BWCA north of Ely in the Basswood Lake chain and up into Canada.
There is almost more water and swamp than solid ground in his region.

billtoo
February 1, 2022 2:27 pm

those minerals will be harvested. once brandon approves the sale of said mine to foreign interests a la uranium one

John
Reply to  billtoo
February 1, 2022 5:40 pm

he will sell to one of his cronies

AndyHce
Reply to  John
February 1, 2022 10:32 pm

Maybe Hunter has already made the sale.

Ron Long
February 1, 2022 2:29 pm

This is an obvious “Takings” issue under the fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Wait a minute, isn´t this area of Minnesota home to the State Bird of Minnesota? Commonly known as the mosquito? Let’s go, Brandon.

Rick C
Reply to  Ron Long
February 1, 2022 3:15 pm

The proposed mine is not far from the Minnesota Iron range which has produced vast quantities of iron ore for over 100 years. Most all the steel produced in the US during the 20th century came from Minnesota iron. I’ve driven through the Masabi Range mining area which is essentially a huge open pit mine. I’ve also canoed the boundary waters area and it is still pristine wilderness. You would never know that it is within less than a 2 hour drive from the iron mines. The people of Minnesota are well aware of the importance of mining and they’re damn good at it.

Scissor
Reply to  Rick C
February 1, 2022 5:14 pm

Minnesota iron ore went down with the Edmund Fitzgerald. Sad story.

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=PH0K6ojmGZA&list=RDAMVMPH0K6ojmGZA

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Rick C
February 1, 2022 8:39 pm

Unfortunately this mine isn’t 2 hours from the BWCA it is right next door. See my response above.
The problem with mishaps here is the water will transport it faster.

Reply to  Rick C
February 2, 2022 5:09 am

re: ” The proposed mine is not far from the Minnesota Iron range … ”

Anybody remember a company named “3M” and what that stood for?

Bueller?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Ron Long
February 1, 2022 5:04 pm

We all know that this is not Joe Biden doing this. This the deep socialist state operating Joe’s strings. This must be a high priority to root out when the Demos lose the next election.

John
Reply to  Gary Pearse
February 1, 2022 5:41 pm

but if he had a brain he would stop the BS

H B
Reply to  John
February 1, 2022 7:19 pm

That’s why they put him in the white house

Scissor
Reply to  Gary Pearse
February 1, 2022 6:45 pm

You know it’s bad when socialists are against workers uniting and the Taliban is better at honoring a woman’s rights than New Zealand is.

DrEd
Reply to  Gary Pearse
February 2, 2022 6:05 am

Amen. +100! FJB and his cronies.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Ron Long
February 1, 2022 5:29 pm

FJB!

J Mac
February 1, 2022 2:35 pm

I guess the supply chains in the USA aren’t ‘Broke Better’ enough yet?!
This is a willful attack on the USA economy by Biden and the socialist democrats.

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Scissor
Reply to  J Mac
February 1, 2022 5:16 pm

Fentanyl is cheap.

MarkW
February 1, 2022 2:51 pm

I’m guessing that a few million dollars donated to the DNC might free up that lease.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  MarkW
February 1, 2022 3:41 pm

The few million dollars will have nothing to do with any leases, it will all be for a couple of Hunter’s autographed paintings.

TIMP GUY
Reply to  MarkW
February 1, 2022 4:24 pm

NOT LIKELY ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT FILL SOME PARTY POCKETS

High Treason
February 1, 2022 3:10 pm

There’s a hole in the bucket. The childhood song is actually a warning to go back to the source. At the very core of the insane policies from the Biden administration lies the very inconvenient truth that there was massive electoral fraud. Even with mainstream media totally captured by the cabal, enough people have recognised the brainwashing and propaganda.

Carlo, Monte
February 1, 2022 3:32 pm

“…the Constitution is always evolving slightly in terms of additional rights or curtailing rights…” — Brandon teh Idiot

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/02/joe-biden-constitution-always-evolving-slightly-video/

gringojay
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
February 1, 2022 3:38 pm

“What me worry …”

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Mac
February 1, 2022 3:52 pm

Deb Haaland is the Sec of the Interior. She is anti fossil fuel and it wouldn’t surprise me that she is behind this as well. She was a New Mexico congress woman and raised some hackles because NM gets a lot of tax money from the oil in SE NM.

jphilde
February 1, 2022 3:53 pm

Brandon is most likely getting a substantial kickback from the chicoms for axing this project.

Scissor
Reply to  jphilde
February 1, 2022 5:18 pm

What? I thought Joey was just a poor boy from Scranton.

Bryan A
Reply to  Scissor
February 1, 2022 8:13 pm

Joey is a Po’boy from Scrotum

Rich Davis
Reply to  jphilde
February 1, 2022 5:37 pm

At this point in the grift FJB is the target of blackmail. Nobody who bribed him back then needs to pay him anything now. He needs them to stay quiet.

Now is the time for their return on investment. What’s $31m compared to an unimpeded path to take Taiwan?

Derg
Reply to  Rich Davis
February 2, 2022 2:28 am

One wonders when Taiwan will be taken over?

Remember all those free Hong Kong demonstrations? Trump’s trade deal with China is set to begin?

And then….Covid.

Confucius says adjust your tin foil hats stormtroopers

Reply to  Rich Davis
February 2, 2022 5:01 am

re: “At this point in the grift FJB is the target of blackmail.”

At this point, he will work for pudding and ice cream as a reward …

RickWill
February 1, 2022 4:28 pm

Net Zero – Net Zero – Net Zero.

Any mining proposal just needs to keep repeating those two words.

In Australia, we have been regularly dosed up on the green credentials of BHP. This is but one of a number of adds that links mining to the new world:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOlrrW5Nlp0
Copper in cars go up 3-fold – wonderful for miners. Here is another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHXn_9DUO2A
Each wind turbine needs 4 tonne of copper – wonderful for miners.

TMM are not doing an effective sales pitch on the virtues of mining. Net Zero, Net Zero.

Of course it appears that few actually make the linkage that all these increased inputs to achieve Net Zero result in ever increasing upward spiral in CO2 emissions because it only works if fossil fuels are used to mine and smelt the minerals. Crazy would but it all relies on good marketing. NASA creates its own laws of physics so should be easy for TMM to link Net Zero to mine development.

Dean
February 1, 2022 4:51 pm

retired but I worked on the project. In 1980 as a college student I set up monitoring stations for water quality and quantity. And as late as 2017 I worked as a consultant for twin metals. After all crap the state required for permitting, the company was meeting the requirements. And the rules were unbelievably stringent. Orders of magnitude more stringent than iron ore mining happening 2 miles west.
the value of the metal in the ore body is so high this fight is far from over. Borings have identified high concentrations down 600 to800 feet down. But they stopped there. expectations are the deposit continues down. This is a deposit that can be mined for 50 to 100 years, and that excludes the adjacent deposits

Scissor
Reply to  Dean
February 1, 2022 5:26 pm

The Creighton mine in Sudbury has been going strong for over 120 years and its deepest shaft is over 7100′ deep (deepest in the Western hemisphere). It’s really amazing what can be done.

There’s a physics lab at over a mile deep and a greenhouse at almost a mile.

Streetcred
Reply to  Scissor
February 1, 2022 5:43 pm

The TauTona Mine or Western Deep No.3 Shaft, is a gold mine in South Africa. At approximately 3.9 kilometers (2.4 mi 12,672ft) deep, it is home to the world’s deepest mining operations, rivalled only by the Mponeng Gold Mine.

marlene
February 1, 2022 4:59 pm

Cancelling because…? Or selling off to China? Hillary Clinton already sold off a large bulk of our uranium to Russia.

February 1, 2022 5:08 pm

Joey needs to get his priorities straight…he doesn’t have much time left…best get Hunter and his brother Jim on collectin’ funds for the Brandon Library…I am sure it will rival the Klinton Library…and the Brandon Charitable Trust…better get Hunter on that one too.

Sara
February 1, 2022 5:47 pm

OK, so, many of those metals/minerals go into those precious iPhones and notebooks and such and without them, those ecohippies don’t got no way to go on using electronic deeVICES, which they take for granted.

Anyone besides me remember when Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be recycling iPhones, and everyone snorted and laughed, and later, he announced the recovery of 1 and 1/2 tons of gold, never mind the rest of the metals in those boards? At today’s market prices, what would 3000 pounds of gold be worth? Yeah, multiply that by 16 (ounces), but sit down before you do so.

It’s the reason my replacement phone cost more than the tablet I snookered myself into purchasing. What happens when the ecohippies and WArmunistas find that they can’t communicate with their electronic junk any more because the signals are all gone and those networks are shut down? Think it won’t happen? Yeah, okay.

Someone please let me know when reality returns? I’d appreciate it a lot. Sometimes, I feel so lonely, like I’m stuck on a huge mountain and the only other people I see are compleat idiots…. and then I come to WUWT and feel much better.

MarkW
Reply to  Sara
February 1, 2022 8:22 pm

The total amount of gold in any individual phone will be less than a gram.
Gold is electroplated onto various contacts.

Reply to  MarkW
February 2, 2022 4:56 am

re: The total amount of gold in any individual phone will be less than a gram.”

Quite true for an iPhone (very few actual ‘contacts’ internally as everything in the phone is RoHS complaint solder):

A typical iPhone is estimated to house around 0.034g of gold, 0.34g of silver, 0.015g of palladium and less than one-thousandth of a gram of platinum … other brands, YMMV.

Don’t forget too that metalization (including back plating) of many MMICS (uW ICs) is Gold. Former TI/Triquint (GaAs foundry) alum here.

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Sara
Reply to  _Jim
February 2, 2022 5:16 am

Doesn’t matter if it’s one phone or one million phones. It’s the MASS of metals overall used in producing the boards that counts.

How many phones total are there in use in the world now? That is what counts, as opposed to the individual phones themselves.

Reply to  Sara
February 2, 2022 6:05 am

re: “Doesn’t matter if it’s … ”

Gonna have to say it, Sara: Don’t worry your pretty little head about it. Have you ever seen “Aussie Gold Hunters” or “Yukon Gold” series on Quest? Gold is being mined, continually, all over the world … and by MUCH bigger entities (operations, business concerns) than the ones I just cited. AFAIAC its just another ‘industrial metal’ used sparingly where required.

In any case, I still don’t get your point.

MarkW
Reply to  Sara
February 2, 2022 8:40 am

It does matter, because the claim that he recovered 1 1/2 tons of gold from these phones is physically impossible.
Even if you recovered all the gold from every phone ever produced, you wouldn’t get to anywhere near that amount.
This gold also has no impact on the price of your phone. at 0.034g per phone, that wouldn’t even add up to 1 penny.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Sara
February 1, 2022 9:19 pm

Yeah, multiply that by 16 (ounces), …

Multiply by 12 for troy ounces, which is what is used for precious metals.

Sara
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 2, 2022 5:10 am

Good point. Thanks.

Reply to  Sara
February 2, 2022 8:24 pm

Troy weight: 12oz per pound of gold.

DWittman
February 1, 2022 5:49 pm

That is too bad. Not a lot of job opportunities up on the Iron Range (northern MN). I would have welcomed a growing economy here in my home state

PeterD
February 1, 2022 5:58 pm

No question, China will do well out of Biden’s policies.
Shortages will be a bit of a problem for the USA though.

Walter Sobchak
February 1, 2022 6:07 pm

You would have to think that the Chinese are runing the United States.

Thomas Gasloli
February 1, 2022 7:31 pm

Well, Minnesota voted for him and it is likely the unions that would be employed at the mine supported him, too. Who was it who said, “elections have consequences”?

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
February 2, 2022 4:45 am

re: “ Who was it who said, “elections have consequences”?

No one, ever.

/sarc

Clyde Spencer
February 1, 2022 9:06 pm

I think that ‘Brandon’ is suffering from classic symptoms of schizophrenia. However, that isn’t unique among alarmist ‘greens.’

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizophrenia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354443

Robert W Turner
February 1, 2022 9:15 pm

I can’t wait to see what the new marxist president of Chile does.
Metal prices are not coming down, and lithium is currently skyrocketing with the supply deficit already showing and expected to last.

stinkerp
February 2, 2022 12:17 am

The utter and reckless disdain for American interests of Biden and the radical leftist puppeteers behind the curtain in the White House pulling his strings continues to astonish. The sheer number of ruinous policy decisions in just one year that diminish America cannot simply be the consequence of electing fools, can it? Then again, watching the rapid destruction of Venezuela’s economy—one of the most oil-rich countries in the world—by leftists is evidence that leftism and stupidity are inextricably intertwined. Leftists, progressives, whatever you call these loons (but not liberal because their form of government is autocratic and elitist; the opposite of liberal) have their heads so far up their dogma that they can’t see the devastation they wreak. They are monumentally self-deluded as evidenced by the ridiculous reasons they shoot from their blame throwers for the massive increases in crime, oil prices, inflation, unprecedented number of illegal entries at the border, (2 million!), and a supply chain crisis over the last year. Their perverse policy decisions seem to be a concerted effort to favor the interests of China and Russia over America to allow them to dominate a new world order as freedom-and-democracy-loving America is eclipsed by their oppressive autocracies. There will be some serious house cleaning in November and again in 2024. The mood of the country is dangerously anti-Democrat and getting worse as these dogmatic, elitist dunces plumb new depths in their race to the bottom.

Reply to  stinkerp
February 2, 2022 8:00 am

re: “The sheer number of ruinous policy decisions in just one year that diminish America cannot simply be the consequence of electing fools, can it?”

Are you a religious man, stinkerp? If so (I am) then one looks to the historic and biblical part the devil plays in all this, that is, in the affairs of ‘men’, id est, homosapiens beset with a soul, made in the image and likeness of God … C. S Lewis in his The Screwtape Letters sheds some light on this in the form of an older devil giving advice to a young nephew as to ‘how to proceed’ in ‘messing with us’.

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Reply to  stinkerp
February 2, 2022 10:03 am

C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters read by John Cleese:

Tom Abbott
February 2, 2022 4:10 am

Blank Looks *Do* Matter!

The Blank Look tells the rest of us that we have an imbecile as President of the United States.

Could this man screw things up any worse? I don’t think so. Obama had it right: He said, never underestimate the ability of Joe Biden to screw things up. And Obama wasn’t kidding, was he.

Biden is a disaster for the United States and the World.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 2, 2022 5:58 am

re: “The Blank Look tells the rest of us that we have an imbecile as President of the United States.”

And as a number of people have remarked though the years: “ [He was] The dumbest man in the senate.

Remember his disgraceful performance when he was on the senate judiciary committee and Clarence Thomas was being grilled?

Pepperidge Farms remembers …

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Burgher King
Reply to  _Jim
February 2, 2022 8:35 am

Jim, the Dem’s election fraud machine for 2020 was effective enough so that any two candidates the party operatives decided they wanted installed as president and VP could have been chosen without any risk of losing the election.

It wasn’t an accident that the Dems consciously chose an imbecile for their presidential candidate and empty suit for their VP candidate.

Having an obvious imbecile for a president and an obvious empty suit for a VP has definite advantages for the council of Obama and Clinton functionaries who run the federal government.

These two make no decisions themselves. Their job assignment is to absorb public anger over the policy decisions their puppet masters are now making from behind the scenes.

When critics of the regime are focusing their attention on these two figureheads, those critics are not focusing their attention and energy on the substance of the policy decisions now being made.

Reply to  Burgher King
February 2, 2022 9:02 am

re: “Jim, the Dem’s election fraud machine for 2020 was …”

Student in advanced degree studies at the Limbaugh Excellence in Broadcasting Institute dating back to the early 90’s here … still have tapes, actual cassette tapes from those days, as well as digitgal archives from when the Lewinsky Affair broke (digital storage became cheap enough then) in the late 90’s …

Meaning: You need not detail-out this for me. Others may appreciate it, but, addressing me may draw me to do a closer inspect of your post, such as, point out that the democrats quite literally FEARED Bernie Sanders (remember Bernie Bros?) was going to ‘walk away’ with the nomination … do you remember when Bernie was quite literally ‘bought off’? So, that set the stage for a Joe Biden anointing as the presidential candidate … the rest is comedy and error and the need to fill positions with ‘bodies’ that can receive instruction from the Obama Enterprise; I would like to see the telecom ‘traffic’ stats between the WH and Obummer’s Martha’s Vineyard complex for instance …

Now, do you have anything to add to that?

Burgher King
Reply to  _Jim
February 2, 2022 1:05 pm

Jim said: “Now, do you have anything to add to that?”

Well, as a matter of fact, I do. As I perceive it, the Dem’s 2020 primary season was mere kabuki theater. Biden and Harris were always going to be the nominees. Everyone who was running in the primaries knew this and bought into it in return for getting some or all of their own agenda included in the Biden-Harris program. That said, let’s take a look at the concept of the OODA Loop

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop

“The OODA loop is the cycle observe–orient–decide–act, developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the operational level during military campaigns. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The approach explains how agility can overcome raw power in dealing with human opponents. It is especially applicable to cyber security and cyberwarfare.

The OODA loop has become an important concept in litigation, business,law enforcement, and military strategy. According to Boyd, decision-making occurs in a recurring cycle of observe–orient–decide–act. An entity (whether an individual or an organization) that can process this cycle quickly, observing and reacting to unfolding events more rapidly than an opponent, can thereby “get inside” the opponent’s decision cycle and gain the advantage.”

On the surface, Biden and Harris were the two weakest candidates any major political party ever ran for president and VP. In nominating Biden and Harris, the Dems got inside the Republican Party’s OODA loop. 

It appeared that the Biden-Harris team would be easy to beat. While Trump was holding his huge rallies, Biden and Harris didn’t do much of anything on the campaign trail. The Republicans were lulled into complacency and made next to no preparations in the months preceding the election for dealing with the Dem’s massive 2020 election steal operation. 

Republicans think their party will sweep to an easy victory in the 2022 midterms. They are greatly mistaken if they think this. The Democrats are even now working as hard as they can to be sure their 2022 election steal plan works as well or better than their 2020 plan did. If the Republicans want to win, they must work their butts off before, during, and after the November election to keep the Dems from taking the victory lap.

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Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Burgher King
February 2, 2022 9:17 am

In my long life I have witnessed frequent strife between the two major political parties. However, I have never witnessed the outright anger and disrespect exhibited towards the current (one-term!) president. I have to wonder how someone who has been publicly insulted and ridiculed in sports stadiums and racing events by thousands of people could have been legitimately elected. Its a situation of “What’s wrong with this picture?” And, to add insult to injury, the MSM accuses anyone who suggests election fraud, of lying, without the benefit of a thorough investigation to support the accusation. That strikes me as a desperate attempt to shut down debate. The DNC and ‘news’ media have us in a headlock and will do anything to maintain control.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 2, 2022 10:09 am

re: “In my long life I have witnessed frequent strife between the two major political parties.”

Reading the historians, the era of the Pamphleteers was as bad, or worse. Slightly before our lifetimes, of course, and why we have to consult the historians …

Dean
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 2, 2022 5:37 pm

Given its 81/74 million people who voted in the last two elections, events with tens of thousands of attendees chanting are highly unlikely to be a decent polling device.

Burgher King
Reply to  Dean
February 3, 2022 5:59 am

Dean: “Given its 81/74 million people who voted in the last two elections, events with tens of thousands of attendees chanting are highly unlikely to be a decent polling device.”

The Dem’s vote fraud plan had two major goals: 1) ensure that Biden won in the electoral college; and 2) deliver a popular vote total that produced the illusion that he had a popular mandate to govern the nation his way.

Fraudulent votes were injected in every state, red and blue alike. Estimates range from eight million to as many as fifteen million fraudulent and/or illegally cast ballots.

One reason, among several others, why Biden’s approval polls have fallen so far so fast is that he didn’t actually get 81 million votes; that is to say, his supposed popular mandate from a majority of the voters to govern the nation his way never actually existed.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Dean
February 3, 2022 6:42 pm

That depends. The events are unprecedented in my life. And, you are assuming that the “81/74” numbers are accurate.

There may be an issue of biased sampling. Those attending may not be a representative cross-section of voters. However, when a university does a telephone poll from a distinctly liberal region of the east coast, that also raises questions about bias.

I’m simply observing that we have a unique situation following an election that had a lot of reported irregularities, accusations of fraud, and no demonstrated interest on the part of Biden or the DNC of proving that the election was legitimate. They seem to be satisfied to let the MSM defend the election by calling all who raise questions, liars.

Burgher King
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 2, 2022 8:04 am

“The Blank Look tells the rest of us that we have an imbecile as President of the United States.”

Biden is a figurehead. So is Harris. It doesn’t matter if he is an imbecile and she is an empty suit. They make no decisions themselves. All decisions are made by a council of former Obama and Clinton functionaries who run the government from behind the scenes.

An alliance of political operatives from the Obama and Clinton wings of the Democratic party installed Biden and Harris using massive election fraud. Possibly as many as ten million fraudulent mail in ballots in the 2020 general election, probably more if ineligable voters are included.

The Dem’s election fraud machine is now being tuned up for 2022. As part of that effort, all agencies of the federal government are now being instructed to facilitate vote harvesting among federal employees and also among the constituencies in the general public each of those agencies serve.

If we thought 2020 was bad, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Doonman
Reply to  Burgher King
February 2, 2022 11:07 am

Whenever the chain of ballot custody is lost, as happens with “election months”, “ballot harvesting” and postal deliveries, you can be sure that corruption intercedes and cannot be detected.

That is why ballot custody is crucial to free and fair elections. That is also why democrats used covid 19 to to eliminate the custody chain and now claim that returning to the election day poll casting of ballots for elections is unfair.

It’s not rocket science. People will cheat when given the chance.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 2, 2022 9:05 am

Could this man screw things up any worse?

‘Brandon’ implemented a disastrous troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, arming the enemy with modern American weaponry.

It was announced today that he is sending 3,000 American troops to eastern Europe. Will he repeat his mistake in Afghanistan?

Doonman
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 2, 2022 11:31 am

Don’t worry. Those are just NATO troops going to Poland and Germany, both NATO countries, for peace keeping training exercises.

They need more European training now that NATO troops are out of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. After all, we forgot everything we ever knew about Eastern European wars. Its been 80 years since we had a nice land war there, the longest period in the last 500 years.

Lets go Brandon! It’s high time democrats start another war, just like the last 5 they started in the 20th century.

paul courtney
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
February 2, 2022 11:44 am

Mr. Spencer: “Will he repeat his mistake in Afghanistan?” Likely yes, but he won’t make the worst mistake he could make- he won’t put Kamala in charge of the Ukraine desk!

February 2, 2022 4:34 am

Kid Rock sums it up for me in his “We the People” release and the “Let’s Go Brandon” chants (has no one else seen this? Maybe too avant-garde? At what point do we put on the yellow vests???)

NSFW (language warning-you have been informed) btw –

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Reply to  _Jim
February 2, 2022 4:38 am

This –

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Sara
February 2, 2022 5:26 am

Just an observation here: The cancelled mining leases were part of a project to tap the vast mineral resources of Maturi deposit in the Duluth complex. – article

Sometimes, what seems like a curse can become a good thing. Those mining leases can be renewed/reinstated once the current (Lack of) administration is gone. Meantime, China is digging into its own resources to produce the same stuff, and cranking out electronic junk by the gross tonne. So…. if your competitor is giggling and raking in cash and you are sitting on “unused potential” (for want of something better), what happens when your competitor’s resources run out?

Think about that for a minute.

China is on a downhill slope doing about 150MPH while we’re watching. I’d say we will have the advantage of them at some point.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Sara
February 2, 2022 9:23 am

If it were a purposeful plan to make China use up all their supplies, I’d be in favor. However, I don’t think that the current (mal)administration is that smart.

One downside is that we end up borrowing money from China, giving it more leverage over us, and also giving China more money to control other countries. When an individual or country has a lot of capital, it is easier to make even more money.

Tom
February 2, 2022 5:31 am

Growing up some 50 miles west of the Northern Minnesota Iron Ore mining country, during the early ’60s, I remember several school (and canoe) trips into the mining areas. The large open pit mining outputs were declining by then, and taconite production was just starting. I remember looking at a great chandelier in the entrance to the Hibbing High School and being told that “at one time, the high school was once had the largest funding of any high school in the country”.

The dominant features of the entire area were the piles and piles of “mine tailings” everywhere you could see. These were huge rocky piles of broken red rocks bereft of any vegetation at all. There would be an occasional glimpse of the actual mines, deep below the surface, but mostly there was nothing but miles and miles of rock piles, all unfit for most any human endeavor.

I was surprised, though, during a recent trip through the area. What I saw now was vegetation mostly everywhere. It was quite stunning, certainly after expecting only rock piles. I doubt there had been much “central planning” to achieve this, and the now beautiful hills and valleys are a long way from human habitation, it goes to show, though, that we humans are but a tiny blip on the overall history of this planet.

I live now right on the side of the Balcones Escarpment in Texas. It’s a much larger rock pile, over a much greater area than the Minnesota iron mines. I have walked down the nearby Canyon Lake Gorge. The two-hour trip goes from the present-day surface at the top, and then travels through 110 million years of geologic history to the bottom. One steps over dinosaur footprints, through the dry part of the oil rich Eagle-Ford strata, layers of fossils, and lots of rocks. It proves to me that a bit of additional mining in Minnesota won’t stop the world. Water always wins!

yirgach
February 2, 2022 6:09 am

Don’t the Chinese have control of the rare earth market? Wouldn’t these projects compete against them? Don’t the Chinese own the Brandon crime syndicate?
Cui bono?

ResourceGuy
February 2, 2022 7:57 am

Meanwhile green fraud continues…..

The University of California system is suing 8minute Solar Energy LLC and Tom Buttgenbach, its co-founder and chief executive, seeking roughly $1.22 billion over the university’s investment in several renewable-power projects.
The public university’s regents allege that 8minute and Mr. Buttgenbach fraudulently induced it to invest $150 million in a collection of projects in early 2020, then Mr. Buttgenbach misappropriated much of the capital and used it to enrich himself, in a lawsuit brought last month in Alameda County Superior Court in Alameda, Calif.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 2, 2022 8:07 am

“How now brown green cow?”

– A mostly nonsense phrase with no real meaning as such, sometimes used as a jovial greeting …

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February 2, 2022 9:39 am

It looks like they’re now just doing as much damage as they can before losing power mid-term.

Andy Pattullo
February 2, 2022 10:12 am

Biden and his puppet masters can only be explained by a very intricate and devious plot to destroy America, or in the alternate, complete utter incompetence augmented by perpetual delusions about the real world. I am certain Biden is incapable of the first option, because he can’t remember most days where his is or what his job is. Not so sure about the puppet masters. I think the second option fits Biden’s profile exactly. I wonder what type of stimulants go into his ice cream to make him stand upright and make vaguely intelligible noises during his few public appearances. The biggest concerns are the folks behind the curtain. There is a very real possibility that willingly or mistakenly they are doing the bidding of nations and actors whose interest is indeed the destruction of America and the democratic, capitalistic system. People who care about this are going to have to get active and noisy to stop this process before the point of no return is reached.

ResourceGuy
February 2, 2022 12:30 pm

They just want their EVs with imported metals and polysilicon panels made with slave labor. The details other than union-made products don’t matter. Pay up or step aside.

Gunga Din
February 2, 2022 3:15 pm

This reminds me of Bill Clinton.
Before Obama’s “War on Coal”, there were 3 know deposits of “Clean Coal” in the world. (Out of the ground they were clean. I forget why. Low sulfur?)
One was in Africa but impractical to mine due to logistics and local politics.
One was in Indonesia(?) owned by The Lippo Group.
The last was in Utah. Bill Clinton declared it a “National Refuge” or some such which would prohibit mining in the area.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that The Lippo Group had (illegally?) contributed heavily to his campaign.

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Jeffrey
February 2, 2022 4:20 pm

David Middleton: Pardon me if this was noted here already and I missed it – I downloaded the PolyMet Technical Report on the NorthMet Project. In several places, for one paragraph 2, Section 1.8, p. 24, it states “It is important to note that NorthMet is south of the Laurentian Divide and in a separate watershed from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyagers National Park located to the northeast.” A SEPARATE WATERSHED – so the fact that it is “near” the BWCA is irrelevant.

andy in epsom
February 3, 2022 1:29 am

Everyone should keep an eye on this and see if the licence is given to someone else in a couple of years time.

bluecat57
February 3, 2022 6:23 am

One more reason the only land the federal government should win is D.C.
All other land in America should be privately owned.
Start there.

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