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Electric car future may depend on deep sea mining

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    Sahasrahla
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    If this could be done in an environmentally sound manner it would be a good thing to have new sources of critically important materials in the fight against climate change, but that's a big "if"....

    If this could be done in an environmentally sound manner it would be a good thing to have new sources of critically important materials in the fight against climate change, but that's a big "if". Like the article says these are pristine areas with unstudied life and it's hard to know what kind of impacts mining there could have.

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    1. CALICO
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      I'd much rather we mine asteroids—sitting around doing fuck-all in space—than add yet another stressor to our continually strained biosphere. Yeah, getting mass outside of our gravity well is...

      I'd much rather we mine asteroids—sitting around doing fuck-all in space—than add yet another stressor to our continually strained biosphere. Yeah, getting mass outside of our gravity well is really expensive. But when there's literally enough material in the asteroid belt to collapse the markets in just about every metal we could think of, one would think that those resources would have a pretty big incentive painted on their faces. The first party to pull it off would have an effective monopoly and complete control over pricing for quite some time, especially given how few people seem interested in going for it. Not that I think such a monopoly would be desirable, but fuck, maybe let's start looking for materials where they're abundant and come with no direct cost to our ecosystem. The poor thing has enough on its plate already.

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