Rare-Earth Elements (REE’s), it turns out, are not really all that rare, it is just that until engineers starting finding
uses for them in cell phones, windmills, lithium batteries, and other electronics applications, mining companies were not
particularly interested in looking for them. Expanded use of REE’s in the past decade has changed this and created
opportunities for mining companies, and, it turns out, for mercantilist bureaucrats in China.