Is there any hope to solve our need for energy?
According to the Futurium website, scientists are in the process of developing alternatives to RRE's. The company, LumiSands, has created a material that reduces the blue light that emits from LED's that has no rare earth metals. It is made out of silicon (http://depts.washington.edu/uwc4c/news-events/uw-spin-out-lumisands-has-a-bright-idea-for-powering-leds/).
This is a small victory in the search to become less dependent on rare earth metals. While the problem may not be solved soon, our mission to spread the idea of recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of rare earth metals mined while others find alternatives.