The Consequential Element

A little about The Consequential Element 

The Consequential Element was written for many reasons, but I think mostly so I could bring a little attention to some important facts. Facts about the United States and China, and facts about the behavior of rebel soldiers in African countries.
Some main points are the issues regarding China’s dominance over the rare earth mineral and element trade and how deeply it

affects the United States. Did you know that currently China owns approximately 97% of the Earth’s rare earth elements, and they’re decreasing their exportation to the U.S. on almost a daily basis, thus weakening our military position? Are you aware that Israel has been tapping into our technology to turn their missiles into stealth missiles, or that Russia has tested a stealth missile that could penetrate the U.S. shield? So, why doesn’t the U.S. mine for their own rare earth’s? We did, but the powers that be decided to let China do the mining, and we gave them 100% of our
dependence for them. Due to recent developments between China and the U.S., we have once again begun mining for our own, however it will take five to ten years or longer to get up to speed.

Aside from the military impact of China’s hold on rare earth elements, there is a wide array of technologies that we use daily that are also dependent on these elements. For example, with rare earth elements, we’d have no hybrid car batteries, or flat screen televisions. Our cell phones and iPods would be eliminated as well. And ‘green economy’? You can forget

about it. It would be nonexistent, because all emerging green technologies use them.

Another important element, if you will, to the book is the impact that rebel soldiers have on African countries. And unfortunately, left in the wake of their carnage, are the poor children – the ones who survive the raids on their villages, the ones who are captured and pressganged into the ranks of their pugnacious forces.

The innocent live daily in fear of attack on their villages with little to no protection from their government. One of my favorite movies to depict this life
is Machine Gun Preacher. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. You can see the trailer here.