Most people think of windmills as one of the cleanest, most earth-friendly energy sources around.  But according to the Institute for Energy Research, rare earth minerals needed for windmills like neodymium and dysprosium are being mined in China and leaving behind horrible environmental conditions.  China’s rare-earths industry, which controls 95% of the world’s supply, is creating massive toxic lakes around which plants, animals, and people are becoming sick and dying. Radioactive waste is another major by-product of rare-earth mining.  It’s little wonder then that the UK’s Daily Mail says that every wind turbine we erect contributes to “a vast, man-made lake of poison in Northern China.”