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Mining The Minerals That Power Your Gadgets

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Molycorp's rare-earth mining pit in Mountain Pass, California. (Photo by Shawn Allee)

Politicians like to show off pictures of wind turbines, hybrid cars, and other green hi-tech. The idea is to get more of that in America, and maybe even make more of it here. Shawn Allee found there's a chance all of this could be complicated by the supply of key green- tech ingredients:

Mountain Pass Environmental Troubles

An article on China's supply of rare earths

Producer: Shawn Allee
Release Date: July 6, 2009
Running Time: 3:30

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