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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is making a push to include provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would increase U.S. microchip production amid persistent chip shortages around the world. Slowed business activity during the height of the world-wide sickness caused a backlog of demand for semiconductors, leading to shortages in industries ranging from video game consoles to automobiles.
In the past, the U.S. developed and manufactured about a third of all microchips, 37 percent in 1990, according to a report by the Semiconductor Energy Association. As U.S. manufacturing jobs and plants began to be shipped overseas, that number has declined dramatically: In 2021, the United States only produced about 12 percent of the world’s microchips.
Today, most chips are produced in Southeast Asia, with Taiwan and Japan being two of the largest producers. However, these two relatively small nations have been unable to keep up with the huge demand. And concerns over China’s overt ambition to conquer Taiwan have only exacerbated the situation, igniting fears of a Chinese near-monopoly on microchips if the communist state moves to invade the island nation.
Because of the near-ubiquitous importance of microchips to the 21st century, such a Chinese monopoly over their production could cause severe national security concerns for the United States. Looking to preempt this dangerous situation, Schumer is pushing for the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual measure to authorize spending for the Department of Defense.
The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act would authorize about $190 billion in new spending to increase U.S. competitiveness in research and development of technology, as well as $52 billion to increase U.S. microchip production. “Developing a robust, talented, and homegrown workforce, particularly in the fields of STEM, is critical to the success of the United States innovation economy,” the bill reads.
The $52 billion investment in domestic chip production would go toward a new initiative titled “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors” called the (CHIPS) program, which would offer significant incentives to produce and buy U.S.-made microchips. The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act was introduced in the Senate in April 2021 and was passed in a bipartisan 68–32 vote in the Senate in June. But since then, the bill has languished in the House with no vote.
As Congress prepares to vote on the newest iteration of the National Defense Authorization Act, Schumer is making a strong push for the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to be merged into the larger bill, which had been set for a Senate floor vote yesterday, Nov. 17. “The chip shortage is not some abstract issue—it’s impacting the daily lives of Americans,” Schumer argued.
“Cars, refrigerators, and other household appliances require chips. [the only reason I can think appliance chips are necessary is for Big Brother). Senator Mark Kelly joined Schumer in pushing for the legislation. The bill has “sat idle” in the House, Kelly said, adding, “There is no more time to waste on this.” But some in his Senate caucus aren’t happy with the bill.
Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders on Nov. 16 called the USICA U.S. Innovation and Competition Act “corporate welfare, with no strings attached, for a handful of extremely profitable microchip companies.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer recommended that the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act be considered by the House separately to allow the House and Senate to hammer out an agreement on the legislation before wrapping it into the National Defense Authorization Act.
The bill does have an important ally in the Biden administration. In the past, Biden has called for a $50 billion investment in the U.S. semiconductor industry. Originally, Biden hoped the plan would be included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Though that bill has been passed without funding for the microchip industry, his administration continues to support the effort.
In an interview with Reuters, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that a major investment in U.S. microchip production “has to happen by the end of this year. It’s essential.” It isn’t clear how many Republicans will vote for the National Defense Authorization Act in its current form, despite the party’s broad support for military funding. For conservative Republicans, the bill contains several distasteful elements.
For example, the NDAA would allow women to be drafted, would allow for service members to lose their right to possess a firearm under red flag provisions, and would require that service members be trained in areas such as “equity” and climate change issues. Moreover, the NDAA doesn’t address the controversial Afghanistan withdrawal, for which Republicans have blamed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.
Noting this absence, Republicans have promised to put forward several Afghanistan-related amendments before the bill is passed. With Republican support for the larger bill uncertain and Sanders’s reservations toward the USICA, the push to revitalize the U.S. microchip industry may face difficulties moving forward. Meanwhile, one of the globalists favorite techies has move on over to greener pastures. Yes, Gates from hell is heading for Wyoming. Not for microchips though. Not even for technology. Hey, not even for farming. ...or at least not for traditional farming.
TerraPower, a nuclear power venture founded by Gates from hell, announced Tuesday that it has picked a coal-mining town in Wyoming as the site for building a $4 billion demonstration nuclear plant with partial funding from the U.S. government.
TerraPower, along with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, has picked Kemmerer, a remote western Wyoming town for building the Natrium plant “following an extensive evaluation process and meetings with community members and leaders,” according to a statement on the company’s website. Factors for choosing Kemmerer included physical characteristics, infrastructure, and the ability of the site to obtain a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The 345-megawatt Natrium demonstration reactor, scheduled to be opened in 2028, will essentially replace the Warren Buffett-owned Naughton coal plant which is due to be shut down in 2025. Construction of the new advanced nuclear plant is expected to give employment to around 2,000 people with 250 employees needed to support day-to-day activities. “On behalf of Kemmerer and surrounding communities, we are pleased and excited to host the Natrium demonstration project.
This is great for Kemmerer and great for Wyoming,” said Bill The, the mayor of Kemmerer. (Somehow, I suspect this mayor is getting an enormous kick-back. I highly doubt the townspeople feel that way). About half of the project funding, $1.9 billion, will be done by the U.S. government as part of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill that was signed recently with bipartisan support.
Along with the Natrium plant, other advanced nuclear reactors are being supported by the government, with the Department of Energy planning to invest $3.2 billion into such ventures over a period of seven years. “It’s a very serious government grant,” Chris Levesque, president and CEO of TerraPower, told reporters. “This was necessary because the U.S. government and the U.S. nuclear industry was falling behind.” Advanced nuclear reactors are smaller in size when compared to traditional reactors and could be built in remote locations.
The Natrium reactor features a 345-megawatt sodium-cooled fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system rather than water which is used in today’s reactors. The plant will have the capacity to power 250,000 homes, and when needed, the reactor could be boosted to 500 megawatts, enough power for almost 400,000 homes.
Once the demonstration plant starts running successfully, Microsoft’s founder said that the concept could be quickly expanded or replicated elsewhere. “The energy communities that have powered us for generations have real opportunities to power our clean energy future through projects just like this one, that provide good-paying jobs and usher in the next wave of nuclear technologies,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
The Natrium reactor is fueled by uranium that is enriched up to 20 percent. This is a level far higher than today’s requirement, which detractors of the technology say could be an attractive target for militants looking to create a crude nuclear weapon. (I’m not as concerned about the militants with these reactors as I am with the likes of Gates from hell.)
While TerraPower claims Natrium will provide “four times more fuel efficiency than light water reactors,” a report by The Union of Concerned Scientists said, “Little evidence supports claims that Non-Light-Water Reactors will be significantly safer than today’s Light Water Reactors.” “The claim that any nuclear reactor system can ‘burn’ or ‘consume’ nuclear waste is a misleading oversimplification. Reactors can actually use only a fraction of spent nuclear fuel as new fuel, and separating that fraction increases the risks of nuclear proliferation and terrorism,” said the report. (Perhaps this is the Gates from hell goal.)
Gates had initially chosen Beijing to set up the experimental reactor through a partnership with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp., but the Trump administration restricted nuclear deals with China, forcing TerraPower to pick a new partner and site.
Did you know, Natron is a shortened term for Natrium. Natron is hydrated sodium carbonate, and it was used in ancient Egypt in the mummification process? Between these high profiled globalists pushing the microchips and the nuclear reactor plants, I think we all need to keep a watchful and wary eye on all of the aforementioned. I can foresee a bleak future with these technologies in their control.
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