Apparently, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a “client state” of the Chinese government, or at least according to the latest meme to emerge on conservative U.S. media sites like Fox News.
China’s dominance in the DRC cobalt mining sector is prompting some to worry that a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels, where the U.S. is now the world’s largest producer, will expose the country to becoming overly dependent on China for access to the precious metals needed to power new energy vehicles.
Here’s the narrative as laid out in a Fox Business News story published on Tuesday:
Steve Milloy, a former Trump adviser, speculated that Biden’s climate policies would leave the U.S. “entirely dependent on China.” Biden’s policies would also reverse the previous administration’s steps toward energy independence, according to Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
“The shale oil and gas revolution and the Trump deregulatory actions made us the world’s energy superpower – and Biden wants to throw that all away,” Ebell told FOX Business. “Instead, we will become utterly dependent upon China and Chinese client states like the Congo.”
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