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Rare earths and the law of unintended consequences

After several years in the doldrums, prices of rare earths have this year sprung to life. And, once more, concerns are being raised about supply availability, particularly of neodymium and praseodymium, metals crucial for making the permanent magnets used in the motors of electric vehicles.

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The US government's involvement in the rare earths industry has had unintended consequences

For sure, we are still a long way from the heady days of 2010-12 when the market was characterised by extravagant claims about demand growth for rare earths and there were reportedly 400 rare ...