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Red China’s Indonesian Nickel Flood and the Pushback from Western Mining


Nickel Mining


The situation surrounding the global nickel market is complex and fraught with significant geopolitical, environmental, and economic implications. The manipulation of nickel pricing by operations predominantly in communist countries, such as China, and the strategic response from Western countries, particularly Australia, reveal deep-seated challenges in the global commodities market.

Mining and Energy Magnate Andrew Forrest Pushes Back Against Red China Price Manipulation

Andrew Forrest, also affectionately known as ‘Twiggy,’ represents a fascinating case study of transformation from mining magnate to green energy visionary. Billionaire boxer Forrest’s journey from founding Fortescue, a company that soared to become a global powerhouse in the mining sector, to becoming Australia’s most significant green energy investor, illustrates a compelling pivot towards sustainable mineral sourcing and clean energy.

“Twiggy’s” aggressive foray into renewables and hydrogen mega-projects worldwide highlights his commitment to combating climate change and underscores a broader trend of industrial magnates shifting focus towards sustainable energy solutions. With an ambitious plan unveiled in 2020 to morph Fortescue into a leading force in renewables and green hydrogen, boasting a 235GW operating base, Forrest has set the bar high for corporate transitions to green energy.

His investments, including a staggering $2.7 billion deal that catapulted his renewables company Squadron Energy’s operating portfolio to 2.4GW and a 20GW pipeline in Australia, signal a profound shift in how business leaders perceive their role in the global energy transition.

Furthermore, Forrest’s involvement in mega-projects, such as the 9.2GW green hydrogen and ammonia project in Egypt and the proposed 44GW hydropower and green hydrogen initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflect not just a business strategy but a visionary approach to global energy challenges.

Forrest’s advocacy for renewables and his critical stance on traditional fossil fuels and half-measures like blue hydrogen and carbon capture further emphasize his dedication to genuine sustainability.

His public criticisms of leaders and nations that falter on their green commitments, coupled with his readiness to use his considerable influence to push for more robust climate policies, position him as a formidable voice in the race to a genuine energy transition that cuts through the “green marketing” lip service paid by so many pandering politicians and corporate leaders.

Forrest’s story exemplifies how leadership, vision, and substantial investment in green technologies can play a crucial role in addressing global warming and environmental degradation. The ex-boxer shows that versatility and a pivot to lean, clean energy can happen even when it originates from sectors traditionally associated with stigmatized “high carbon footprints”.

Forrest’s pushback against communist China’s blatant disregard for responsible mining practices and market manipulation is a trajectory that should serve as a blueprint and an inspiration for others in similar positions of influence, demonstrating that the journey toward renewable energy and sustainability is not just feasible but also potentially lucrative and undoubtedly crucial for the planet’s future.

Andrew Forrest

Environmental and Social Governance at the London Metal Exchange

The push by Australian mining figures, like Andrew Forrest, for the London Metal Exchange (LME) to differentiate nickel pricing based on sustainability credentials, underscores a growing emphasis on environmental and social governance (ESG) factors in commodity trading. This move is not just an ethical stance but a strategic effort to counteract the price manipulation that favors low-cost, environmentally damaging production methods employed by communist Chinese-owned operations in Indonesia.

The Australian government’s intervention, by classifying nickel as a critical mineral and offering financial and regulatory support, signals recognition of the strategic importance of nickel, especially in the context of the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) market and renewable energy technologies. These steps will not be sufficient unless there’s a fundamental shift in global nickel pricing mechanisms that can incorporate sustainability standards effectively across the board, including China.

The Sustainable Nickel Premium Could Level the Crooked Communist Field

The bifurcation of nickel prices could indeed serve as a remedy by offering a premium for sustainably produced nickel. This approach would encourage more responsible mining practices and level the playing field for Western miners who are currently at a competitive disadvantage due to the rigorous environmental and social standards they have been forced to adhere to by the green-washed hype so easily swallowed by the Biden administration and EU leaders.

The implementation of such a bifurcation will require international cooperation and possibly the establishment of new regulatory frameworks to ensure transparency and fairness in the assessment of sustainability credentials, a situation unlikely to receive support from the US under the current disastrous leadership of a questionably elected ‘president” and his negligen, misinformed minions in both parties.

A sustainable nickel sulfate price is a step in the right direction, offering a model for how commodity markets can value sustainability alongside traditional supply and demand metrics. By creating a pricing mechanism that reflects the environmental and social costs of production, the market can incentivize cleaner, more responsible mining practices globally.

That is if a way can be found to ensure compliance from a godless communist China regime where greed trumps global responsibility in all markets and human and environmental resources are sacrificed without hesitation to the voracious communist cause.

The case of nickel is a microcosm of the larger challenge facing the global economy: how to reconcile the demand for critical minerals essential for the transition to a genuine clean energy economy with the imperative to protect the environment and ensure social equity.

That includes equity for reckless, corrupt, communist China and its Asian puppet countries like Indonesia as well as the mining and energy industries of the West.

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