May 17, 2020

State of the Union: US Ready to Fight Climate Change

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Sixty-five percent of Americans think that climate change is a serious problem and a substantial majority support President Obama using his authority...

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Sixty-five percent of Americans think that climate change is a serious problem and a substantial majority support President Obama using his authority to reduce its main cause, dangerous carbon pollution, according to a national poll of 1,218 registered voters conducted immediately after last night&#39;s State of the Union speech for the <a href="//www.nrdc.org&quot; target="_blank">Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).</a></p>
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The<a href="http://www.nrdc.org/2013stateofunion&quot; target="_blank"> nationwide survey </a>&ndash; the first snapshot taken specifically on the climate agenda Obama outlined in his address to the nation &ndash; reveals that a strong majority of Americans are convinced that action is needed soon to reduce a real threat they see in climate disruption.</p>
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Released on the heels of the hottest year ever in the U.S. and one marked by extreme weather, the national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for NRDC found:</p>
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65 percent of Americans think that climate change is a serious or very serious problem, including 58 percent of independents.</p>
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60 percent of Americans support the president using his authority to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, including 53 percent of independents.</p>
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62 percent agree with the president&#39;s statement that &quot;for the sake of our children&quot; and our future, we must do more to combat climate change, including 55 percent of independents.</p>
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&quot;The president made it absolutely clear that he will lead the fight against dangerous carbon pollution, and a compelling majority of Americans stand firmly behind that leadership,&quot; NRDC President Frances Beinecke said today. &quot;The best way to strike back, as a nation, is to reduce the carbon pollution from our dirtiest power plants, the single greatest threat to our climate&#39;s future. That will take presidential leadership. Americans are counting on bold action &ndash; for the sake of our children.&quot;</p>
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&quot;The president&#39;s pledge to address climate change struck a chord with Americans,&quot; said <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/&quot; target="_blank">Environment America </a>Executive Director Margie Alt . &quot;Now we&#39;re counting on President Obama to put words into action, by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, limiting carbon emissions from power plants and advancing clean energy solutions -- while protecting the air, water and special places Americans hold dear. By taking these actions the president will help fulfill our obligation to our families and to future generations, and we stand ready to support him at every turn along the way.&quot;</p>
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Beinecke and Alt held a telephone press conference today to discuss the poll results and offer their views on the climate and energy elements in the president&#39;s speech. They were joined by Roger Johnson , president of the <a href="http://www.nfu.org/&quot; target="_blank">National Farmers Union (NFU),</a> and John Arensmeyer , CEO of Small Business Majority.</p>
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Tom Jensen , director of <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/&quot; target="_blank">Public Policy Polling</a>, which conducted the poll of 1,218 registered voters for NRDC and Environment America, outlined other key findings:</p>
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A majority of Americans, 57 percent, agreed with Obama&#39;s promise to make addressing climate change a priority in his second term.</p>
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65 percent of Americans think that climate change is already a problem or will become a problem in the near future, including 58 percent of independents.</p>
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Obama said the nation can choose to believe Superstorm Sandy and severe drought and raging wildfires were all just &quot;a freak coincidence&quot; or believe the overwhelming judgment of science that they were climate change related. A majority, 58 percent, said they were the effects of climate change, including 51 percent of independents.</p>
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A majority, 58 percent said the country should do more to address climate change, including 51 percent of independents, while just 14 percent said we&#39;re doing enough already.</p>
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National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said: &quot;Extreme weather events like the current drought are hurting America&#39;s farmers&#39; and ranchers&#39; ability to provide the nation with food, feed, fiber, and fuel. Given the right incentives, agriculture can play a significant role in combating climate change by being a part of the solution.&quot;</p>
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&quot;Scientific opinion polling has shown time and time again that small businesses are looking for pragmatic, innovative policies to address clean energy and climate change,&quot; said John Arensmeyer , founder &amp; CEO of Small Business Majority. &quot;Small businesses believe government investments in clean energy have an important role in creating jobs and boosting the economy, and they support regulating emissions that cause climate change. Some of the extreme weather we&#39;ve been experiencing is a perfect example of how climate impacts small businesses&#39; bottom lines. Some businesses will recover, others never will. Our economy can&#39;t take that hit right now. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Any policies put on the table to address these issues should take their needs into consideration.&quot;</p>
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The extreme weather events of 2012, from record heat waves to large-scale drought, from raging wild fires to Hurricane Sandy, raised public awareness of climate change and public support for taking action to address climate change and one of its chief causes: industrial carbon pollution from power plants.</p>
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Last year, the president started down the road to addressing climate change by announcing standards for cleaner cars and trucks, and by proposing carbon pollution limits for new power plants. More than 3.1 million Americans submitted public comments last year in support of strong limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Additionally, Small Business Majority&#39;s opinion polling found 87 percent of small business owners supported adopting stronger fuel standards, and by a 3:1 margin, small business owners across the nation support the EPA regulating carbon emissions that cause climate change.</p>
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Today, the hundreds of power plants across the country have no restrictions on the carbon pollution they emit into the atmosphere. NRDC has offered one way for the president to use his authority to significantly cut that carbon pollution by 26 percent by the end of this decade.</p>
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The <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/&quot; target="_blank">low-cost, high-benefit plan </a>would create thousands of clean energy jobs making homes and buildings more energy efficient, while protecting people from asthma attacks and heart ailments, in addition to saving families as much as $700 a year in electricity bills</p>
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SOURCE Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.</p>
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Edited by Carin Hall</p>
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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

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Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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