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Earth has enough copper for e-mobility, researchers say

7/30/2010 09:01 AM EDT
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MHK_#1
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MHK_#1   8/1/2010 9:50:55 PM
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It may only valid with some very remote possibility, if we use the one kind of mineral for the next 30 years without any technology advancement or change. I assume that the world technology what we know to use copper is developed for the last 20 years. If we use copper in the same accelerated rate for the last 20 years and continue for the next 30 years, we may see a shortage in some part of world. It more becomes a distribution matter from a political and an investment matter from a trader. In a future, my children’s or great children’s generation may not stand still on the earth crust. They may well live in space, Moon or Mars or some other place. In year 2030s, are we still living on Earth? Maybe I am, like I did for the 50 years. I doubt my children’s generation is still living on earth. We already look outside to make that happen. A whole solar System will be a source to get any kind of mineral. I don’t worry about a global shortage of any one kind of mineral. Oil, Gold, and Mineral are a good subject for discussion among investment. It is not really running out of supply.

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yalanand   8/1/2010 9:51:37 AM
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Wonder if the author has taken care of the fact that copper can be recycled. As suggested above we can have recycling units which will extract copper from old outdated systems. Its alarming to know that copper will be depleted by 2030, I hope this will not shoot up the copper prices like crazy.

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Duane Benson   7/30/2010 9:29:43 PM
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Hearing that copper reserves are likely to be exhausted in the 2030s reminds me that when I was in school in the 70's, we studied that oil reserves would be exhausted by the late 80's. On the other hand, maybe the specific target years are just a guess, but it does speak to the need to look at more than just the ability to create something. We also need to look to the long-term ability to sustainably produce it. It won't help to create a fleet of electric vehicles and infrastructure to support it if all we are doing is setting ourselves up for another supply/ecological disaster a few more years into the future.

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Bob Lacovara   7/30/2010 6:00:32 PM
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Where have all the old deflection yokes gone? When will we start mining old land fills for 1950s era television sets? Ok, so perhaps there really isn't enough in the way of copper sitting around in old landfills to be worth mining, but isn't that where copper eventually winds up? For a fact, just how many tons of copper were used in electromagnetic deflection systems, and where did it all go?

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