Typically -~20% of the cement used in the US is imported from China.
China has sharply curtailed their export of cement because they are using it
for domestic building projects.
Cement kilns are one of the largest pieces of industrial equipment in
existence - so it's not easy to build new rotary kilns.
I'm sure there are also regulations in the US that deter the construction of
firstname.lastname@example.org (jitney) wrote in message
1. Long-haired, lentil-eating, bicycle-riding Democrat greenies have
discovered that a cement plant somewhere once produced some dust and
are trying to shut down the entire building industry.
2. Short-haired, steak-eating, SUV-driving Republican blood-suckers
have learnt from Enron and OPEC how to extort the highest possible
profits by limiting supply and are diverting the rest from schools,
homes and hospitals to pork-barrel military construction sites.
3. Manufacturers can't keep up with demand in booming developing
Choose whichever seems plausible to you.
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