#78 is bang on.
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Fascinating that Trump and then Biden should want to pull out when there is an estimated $1 trillion of Lithium that Afghanistan is sat on!
Re #83, Tony, Lithium reserves and resource availability in Afghanistan isn't something The USGS seems to have heard about, so not surprising the US isn't concerned about it. Here is a list of Lithium reserves and resources around the world:
With current technology requiring about 1kg of Lithium Carbonate per kW hour of battery storage, that is enough identified Lithium resources to build about 1 billion electric cars, so not something that is strategically important at the moment with lots of availability from countries that could be considered "friendly".
James, from Reuters:
"An internal U.S.Department of Defense memo in 2010 reportedly described Afghanistan as the "Saudi Arabia of lithium," meaning it could be as crucial for global supply of the battery metal as the Middle Eastern country is for crude oil."
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Obviously not a major concern to them Stu, as there are plenty of other sources. Also at today's $153,000 per tonne for Lithium Carbonate, $1 trillion of it would only put Afghanistan at about #6 in worldwide resource availability, behind the US in their own availability.
The Chinese might be evil but they're not stupid. They know full well that China can't survive the looming climate catastrophe any more than the West can. They'll be eager to put the biggest burden on the West, of course (with some justification based on historical output), but in the end a global agreement benefits them as much as the West. Unfortunately they might so keen to avoid any early obligations that they manage to scupper the whole deal.
I regard warmth (30c) & sunshine all day for an extended period in the UK as a bonus to warm my bones.
An excellent excuse to lie on the recliner, catch a tan, stoke up the BBQ & put on pork chops, chicken & halloumi. Oh & crack a slightly chilled bottle of Kokkineli just to bring back memories of those blistering times in Cyprus !
I've just cut the grass now sitting on the deck admiring my good work ,having a beer
Perhaps now the boys and girls in blue will start enforcing the law - human resource can't be the issue, judging by the numbers of camera vans hiding in various verges and hedges on the routes to and from Goodwood.
After all, going 8 mph over the limit on an empty country road in your classic on a weekend is infinitely more of a risk to public safety than wandering onto the county's busiest motorway during rush hour.....
It needs a bunch of angry wagon drivers to drag em of the toad throw them in a ditch ,as said if anybody there is on any kind of government payment it should be stoped ,as some one said you are on a quiet road bit over limit you get done but it's easy picking ,if they go to court they should be made to pay towards police cost ,or six months jail ,it's crazy to see police just standing there ,,,,they are breaking the law arrest them
better still birch em