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Chinese Policies Could Pinch U.S. Efforts to Make Electric Vehicles

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Science  23 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5990, pp. 377
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5990.377-a

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This month, China announced that it will cut exports this year of rare-earth elements by 40%, leaving demand outside China exceeding the supply for the first time ever. Combined with Chinese export tariffs of 10% to 25%, the policy could ground fledgling efforts to build clean-energy industries in the United States and other Western countries.