In his essay, When Everybody Wins does the Environment Lose?, Timothy LeCain describes three different types of technological fixes. These three categories are the transformational techno-fix, the relocational techno-fix, and the delaying techno-fix (LeCain 138). LeCain states that in most cases at least two of the three categories are used in each techno-fix. He also describes technological fixes to be used by employers as a means of keeping profitable production or mining steadily moving forward. And in this, the employer do not bother to think of the consequences as they are only in the business for the money. LeCain uses a great example of the Ducktown area of Georgia. The smelter located there was destroying forest land and allowing toxic gas to be let into the air in an area where people were living. In order to fix this the smelting company created a plant that took the harmful sulfur dioxide gas and turned it into sulfuric acid (LeCain 140). This is a perfect example of the transformational and relocational techno-fixes as it transformed the toxic waste into useful by-product and also relocated to by-product onto farms, being used as fertilizer. LeCain goes on to describe how these seemingly helpful techno-fixes create even more problems with fertilizer runoff which causes pollution. This in turn he uses to describe his view on technological fixes.
I believe with how much we have invested in the mineral of copper that we do indeed need copper to stay functioning as a society. Almost every single electronic item we own requires copper to be created. LeCain makes a very valid argument and I think he is correct on many things. This being said I don’t think we can just ditch the idea of mining copper as every single person in the US relies on its usage. I is also inevitable that we will not stop advancing forward when it comes to our electronics as well as our technological fixes. We just have to hope and work at making our technological fix advancements keep up with the electronic advancements in order to keep things as clean and efficient as possible