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Green energy shift gives China ‘leverage’ over Britain, Lords warn

July 21, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Better late than never, I suppose!



Britain risks becoming in thrall to Beijing due to its growing reliance on renewable energy, a new Lords report has warned.

A House of Lords committee warned that Britain is becoming too dependent on China for the supply of rare earth elements used to manufacture wind turbines and components for solar panels.

China’s control over the global industry creates “new risks” as it leaves Britain at the mercy of Beijing for supplies.

The Lords committee warned that Xi Jinping could use rare earth mineral supplies as “leverage” in negotiations over other issues. Jason Bordoff, of the Columbia Climate School, told the committee China’s dominance in the critical minerals market was a "national security concern" and said the Government should work to reduce the nation’s reliance on Chinese exports.

  1. johnbillscott permalink
    July 21, 2022 7:34 pm

    Surprise, Surprise who did no know this elemental fact other than politicians and the useful UK bobble heads in the pay of Xi

  2. July 21, 2022 7:44 pm

    Works have preferred their Lords to compete the thinking process and not just warn of reliance on China for renewables supplies, but warm of reliance on renewables themselves. Renewables are the danger, no matter who supplies them.

    • July 21, 2022 7:47 pm

      (“Works” -> “Would”. Sorry for the typo. Wish posts could be edited.)

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        July 21, 2022 8:22 pm

        Don’t worry! We all have dyslexic fingers occasionally!
        You’re right in the point you make and this article taken with the one above should provide serious food for thought at Westminster and in Downing Street.
        There is no way in which the UK can avoid being dependent on China for the materials needed to construct wind turbines or solar panels. There is no way that the UK can ever compete with China if it goes down the route of using ineffectual energy sources to power its industry (or anything else!).
        One simple message needs to get through (and if what I say is technically incorrect I don’t care; the likes of Ward and Gore have played fast and loose with the facts for years!). The CO2 and other emissions from mining, processing, manufacturing, transporting, and installing solar panels and wind turbines exceeds that from the equivalent output from a gas-fired power station over its lifetime.
        We are persisting in shooting ourselves in the foot because scientifically illiterate politicians are more concerned with their image than the welfare and well-being of their citizens. Somebody the new PM trusts is going to have to sit him/her down and explain the facts of “climate” and the implications — preferably in words of one syllable!

      • July 21, 2022 9:33 pm

        It’s not just the emissions from throughout the renewables’ life cycle but all the chemicals also. Then there’s the backup needed when they don’t operate, and the costs of balancing the grid, which are only becoming greater and greater. Then there’s the disposal after their relatively short lifespan. The ecoists claim they can be recycled but turbine blades are being buried en-mass in landfill, and any recycling requires significant chemical and energy use, and so cost.

      • July 21, 2022 8:39 pm

        On the scale of typos, ilma630, things could be worse:

      • jimlemaistre permalink
        July 22, 2022 3:42 pm

        These are the things always missed by those who do NOT understand How things are made or where they come from . . .

        Ignorance, it seems . . . is bliss . . .

  3. GeoffB permalink
    July 21, 2022 8:05 pm

    Next China invades Taiwan, who make most of the programmable microchips used in just about everything, cars, computers, washing machines. You have to admire them for outsmarting us. I spent 6 years in China transferring electrical component production from Europe, Cheap labour, no tax, cheap factory rental. It was so much cheaper, we closed all our factories in the west and shipped all our machinery to China. Profits up, everybody happy, not any more……Very clever people, read the Art of War by Sun Tzu.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      July 22, 2022 12:32 am

      You left out the corpse pile of 60 million Chinese and ethnic minorities and Taiwans microchip factories are wired for destruction in the event of a PLA invasion. You do not imagine the Taiwanese and their allies have not planned for that eventuality ? The Chinese Communist Party have their useful idiots and allies in the West …..Like the Victorian Labor premier Daniel Andrews , Lord Stern, Stanley Johnson . Joe and Hunter Biden and the odious Pope Francis . Make no mistake one day everyone will turn on them …..The times are almost reminiscent of the 1930’s ……What fate befell Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in the end though GeoffB ? . Those regimes were outsmarted and exhausted .. and perished as a consequence of their viciousness internal dysfunction and bellicosity …

      .I have studied Chinese history, religious belief systems and read the Art of War I have conversed with Chinese who know virtually nothing about their own heritage and cultural history as they are so brainwashed and misinformed ….The first unifying ‘Ch’in dynasty from which China derives its national name only lasted all of 16 years before it collapsed to be replaced by the Han dynasty .. It too expired . The ruling and utterly paranoid Chinese Communist Party will follow the same pattern of Chinese history and I can assure you the PRC will not dominate the Asia Pacific let alone the world economy It will self immolate or be swept aside like its predecessors

      ..And there begineth and endeth the lesson

      • dave permalink
        July 22, 2022 11:36 am

        Russia and China have both supped with the devil of capitalist ‘Multinational Companies’ and not with long spoons. Because these companies, and the banks which sustain them, ultimately will follow the rules of America and Europe, this means that creeping sanctions will destroy the phony-baloney economies of these bellicose, rogue states.

        The coming winter is going to be hellish for them, especially as they were both already headed for some sort of economic and social smash. The contradictions of Capitalism are nothing compared to the contradictions of Authoritarianism!

        Although Official China wants to support Russia*, the fact is that Chinese exports to Russia have already dropped by 38% so far this year, because the actual exporters are mainly subsidiaries of multinationals. China IS importing record amounts of oil and gas from Russia but they might as well be stealing it as they are not paying for it with real goods.

        The official Chinese line about foreigners leaving in droves is hilariously dumb-ass. Apparently, Africans and Europeans are not used to the pace of life in a proper, civilized country.

        * If Russia can get away with naked aggression and innumerable breaches of international norms, China might fancy its chances attacking Taiwan.

      • dave permalink
        July 23, 2022 9:14 am

        Meanwhile, the mangy old Russian bear does not seem to realise his position; he has been ‘pinned’ in the East and is shortly going to be smashed in the South. The Ukrainians are pretending to be weak, but they have a million men and women under arms and the flow of VASTLY superior Western weapons and technique is finally undammed.

        The Russian army of baby conscripts, brutal officers, and weedy dimwits from the provinces, is bleeding and grinding to a halt. Of course, weapons of mass destruction are always a card they can play but, frankly, Putin after the initial idiocy of assuming Ukraine was a rotten fruit which could be plucked without effort has been super-cautious. He has to know that any such use would really mean pariah status for Russia FOR EVER. Total end to all trade. Actual starvation and death of tens of millions of Russians. And more important still for the chieftains, never more the fleshpots of the French Riviera.

      • jimlemaistre permalink
        July 23, 2022 3:11 pm

        Here, Here !!

  4. July 21, 2022 8:21 pm

    As it stands today, the UK is more in thrall to the net-zero stupidity of the so-called Conservative government, than to China.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 21, 2022 8:26 pm

      That depends on who you think is financing the push for the West – and only the West – to push for NZ.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    July 21, 2022 8:23 pm

    No surprise – that it’s taken time for some to see the light. Mainly because they were wearing blinkers paid for by the CCP.
    Someone, somewhere – name escapes me – said we should drain the swamp. If only…

  6. July 21, 2022 10:18 pm

    ‘growing reliance on renewable energy’ – which can never be relied on, as anyone can see. How thick are these net zero buffoons?

  7. July 21, 2022 10:26 pm

    Simple: end the pretence That we in the UK could ever materially help the crazy decarbonisation wished on us gullible by the great and the good sinister tricksters, unopposed by the people charged with spotting scams, victims themselves and many corrupt.

  8. Phoenix44 permalink
    July 22, 2022 7:27 am

    But the government keeps saying renewables are “homegrown”…

  9. July 22, 2022 9:35 am

    Perhaps the whole Net Zero policy needs to undergo a Public Examination such as major infrastructure projects (e.g. Sizewell C) do. That way all the realities of the attempt to ‘decarbonise’ can be fully set out. The only problem of course is that the relevant Secretary of State can overrule any planning report.

  10. Peter Salonius permalink
    July 25, 2022 3:27 pm

    Do watch Dr. Happer’s 37 minute lecture to assure yourself that there is no climate emergency and that EVEN doubling current atmospheric levels of Carbon Dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide will have miniscule and insignificant effects on the global climate…

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