Did you know that record amounts of scrap metal are being shipped from the United States to China?
That’s because China’s steel industry is growing while that of the United States has long been in decline. Before the decline, however, the United States basically exhausted its supply of iron ore, leaving the energy intensive extraction of iron from mineral taconite as a source of supply for steel production.
The ship made famous in a Gordon Lightfoot song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” carried taconite as its principal cargo.
Now a company called Gogobec Taconite wants to open a new mine for the low-quality ore in relatively unspoiled northern Wisconsin.
Karl Garson argues against the issuance of permits for mining in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.