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Saudi Aramco Sets Up Shop in China to Push ‘Non-Metallic Construction Materials’

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Saudi Aramco, the extremely wealthy national oil company of Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday announced the establishment of a “Non-Metallic Excellence and Innovation Center” (NEXCEL) in Beijing to promote the use of alternatives to metal in construction projects.

NEXCEL is a joint endeavor with the China Building Materials Academy, whose vice president Zhan Yanjing hailed the partnership with Aramco as a “historic” opportunity to develop “green, low carbon solutions” for “global sustainable development.”

“We have been developing and deploying nonmetallic solutions within our own operations for more than 20 years as they offer superior lifecycle cost, efficiency and environmental advantages over their metal alternatives. Given the advantages of non-metallics, we believe that this new Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials will catalyze a wide range of exciting new opportunities,” said Aramco Senior Vice President of Technical Services Ahmad al-Sa’adi.

Saudi Aramco has a similar partnership in the United States with the American Concrete Institute, and in the United Kingdom with TWI Global and ADNOC, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. 

The general idea behind the initiative is developing polymers based on petrochemicals that can replace materials such as carbon steel, which require a large volume of carbon dioxide emissions to manufacture. Advocates of non-metallic construction argue the buildings will last longer and be more energy-efficient than structures built on metallic frameworks. Among other benefits, polymers are more resistant to corrosion than metals.

Amin Nasser, president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco, speaks during the fourth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference at the capital Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel on January 27, 2021. - Saudi Arabia opened a two-day Davos-style investment forum, with dozens of global policy makers and business tycoons lined up to speak at the largely virtual event amid the coronavirus pandemic. Only 200 of around 8,000 registered delegates attended in-person, while around 100 speakers are set to participate virtually with 50 present physically. Previous summits drew thousands of Wall Street titans and global policymakers. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Amin Nasser, president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, happens to have a large supply of petrochemicals ready to go. The company says it has developed non-metallic construction techniques that perform well, with reduced environmental impact, in the harsh Saudi desert.

Construction firms have been reluctant to embrace non-metallics because they are considerably more expensive, including heavy up-front costs for switching to the construction equipment required to deploy them. There is also some unease about the lack of international standards for non-metallic construction compared to long-established standards for iron and steel.

Aramco’s announcement of NEXCEL tacitly acknowledged these reservations by listing “standards development and adoption” would be among the center’s top priorities. The emphasis on promoting more “joint projects in research” and “global collaboration” suggests the effort to make non-metallics more cost-effective continues.

A shift to petrochemical-based construction materials would certainly be a welcome development for a gigantic state enterprise that constantly worries about sliding demand for fossil fuels in the climate change era. 

Arabian Business on Wednesday also saw the announcement of the NEXCEL project as part of Saudi Arabia’s growing economic relationship with China:

Last August – at the fifth China-Arab States Expo in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region and as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative – Arab-China economic ties received a $24 billion boost, with deals agreed to pour investment into technology, tourism and renewables.

A total of 277 deals were struck, with $23.7bn pooled towards 199 projects, along with 24 trade projects worth $423 million with Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea integrated smart energy investment project among the projects that will receive Chinese money pledged at the event.

Shifting the Saudi economy away from its dependence on oil sales to traditional customers was a major element of the reform package promoted by the current Crown Prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. As for diversifying its customer base, the Saudis now sell about a quarter of their oil to China, and on Wednesday Aramco announced a deal to supply almost half of Poland’s oil, a bold move into energy rival Russia’s backyard.

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Fireworks! Kamala Harris Snaps at Savannah Guthrie When Asked About Biden’s Disastrous Press Conference (VIDEO)

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Kamala Harris on Thursday snapped at “Today” host Savannah Guthrie when asked about Joe Biden’s disastrous press conference.

Joe Biden jumbled his words and refused to take responsibility for his failures during Wednesday’s presser.

What really stood out was Dementia Joe’s comments on Russia and Ukraine.

Joe Biden essentially gave a green light to Putin to enter Ukraine.

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“My guess is he will move in,” Biden said of Putin invading Ukraine. “He has to do something.”

Biden’s comments were so dangerous that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki released a statement after the presser to ‘clarify’ the president’s statements.

“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “President Biden also knows from long experience that the Russians have an extensive playbook of aggression short of military action, including cyberattacks and paramilitary tactics. And he affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”

“Today” host Savannah Guthrie asked Kamala Harris about Biden’s presser and his comments on Russia-Ukraine and his statements questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 elections.

Harris snapped after Guthrie pointed out the Democrats’ election bills were debated and didn’t pass through the senate.

“Well, to the point, because those bills were debated, the bills were debated and they didn’t pass,” Guthrie said.

“If I may finish! if I may finish!” Harris said interrupting Guthrie.

Harris also lost her cool when Guthrie pointed out how Joe Biden gave the green light for Putin to invade Ukraine.

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“If Russia takes aggressive action, it will be met with severe costs.”

Watch @SavannahGuthrie’s full interview with @VP Kamala Harris on Russia-Ukraine tensions and voting rights legislation. pic.twitter.com/500tX6R8SM

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2022

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EPIC: Joe Manchin Shames Democrats in Their Attempt to Nuke Filibuster in Order to Pass Freedom to Cheat Bill (VIDEO)

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Last night Democrats were unable to change the rules of the US Senate in order to pass their Freedom to Cheat bill. Their proposed legislation would have eliminated voter ID, prevented states from cleaning voter rolls, would have allowed for ballots to be turned in days after the election, and would have allowed for illegal ballot harvesting. It would have destroyed elections in the country and they knew this. That’s why they wanted it and the fake news media promoted it.

The vote failed 52-48 with Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema joining Republicans in the vote.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) gave an epic speech before the final vote. He helped defeat the communist onslaught for another day.

Via Becker News.

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“I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country, not to divide our country,” he argued.

“Let this change happen in this way, and the Senate will be a body without rules,” Manchin warned.

“We’ve changed the rules,” in the past, Manchin said. “But we changed them with the rules. We didn’t break the rules to change the rules. But all of a sudden now we just can’t do it anymore. Just got to blow it up.”

“The rule book means that the rules changes are done on the basis of broad, bipartisan consensus, not imposed on the minority by raw majority power,” he went on. “No matter who is in power.”

Here is the video.

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BREAKING: Voter GA Confirms Over 100,000 Ballots in Georgia 2020 Election Missing Valid Chain of Custody Documentation, Additionally Drop Box Videos Have Been Destroyed

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Voter GA held a press conference today at 10 am Eastern.  During the conference, the VoterGA team released two bombshells that prove the 2020 Election in the state should never have been certified.  

The first item involves the chain of custody documentation gathered and maintained during the 2020 Election.  All ballots are to be accounted for with proper custody activities performed and documented.  Documentation should be available for all ballots that come in the door.  (Remember, Biden was given the state by only a 12,000 vote margin.)

We have noted this for months in Georgia and now VoterGA provided proof that this is the case.  We first reported a year ago that over 400,000 ballots in Georgia don’t have the proper evidence (chain of custody documentation) to show that the ballots entered the election process legitimately.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Raffensperger Certified Georgia’s 2020 Election Results Knowing 460,000 Ballots Were Missing Legally Required Chain of Custody Documentation

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In June of 2021, a Fulton County election official confirmed that one in four absentee ballots in the county did not have proper chain of custody documentation.

Fulton County Georgia Election Official Admits Legally Required Chain of Custody Documentation Is Missing from 24% of Ballots from 2020 Election — Or 1 in 4 Ballots!

In September we reported that the results in Georgia were illegitimate because there is no evidence that proper chain of custody documentation was recorded and maintained for tens of thousands of ballots.

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Today Voter GA provided evidence that 100,000 ballots lack the proper chain of custody documentation in Georgia which is required by law.  Voter GA also reported that the video coverage of the ballot drop boxes inserted into the 2020 Election has either been deleted or is of such poor quality that they would never be able to be used to determine the content of nighttime drop-offs.

If anyone can insert any ballot into any election, then we have no legitimate elections.  Georgia’s election never should have been certified.

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