Timothy LeCain argues that there are negative effects of mining on the environment and the air quality. In the twentieth century the main buzz of the country was the mining industry or also known as large-scale mineral smelting operations. These mine operations had tons of attention due to the conflicts it created because of all the pollution problems. It was a hot debate amongst economic and political interests as whether the mines were causing damages to local and regional ecosystems. Some of the types of people that were hurt because of the pollution were hardworking farmers and ranchers. Timothy J. LeCain explains why these people were in fear when he stated, “Farmers, ranchers, and nearby townspeople complained that the smelter smoke damaged their crops, land, and stock animals (LeCain, pg. 138). If the smoke was truly harmful to the all of the important things mentioned than that could be detrimental to the farmers, ranchers, and people’s livelihood. The operators of the mines had to quickly respond to all the incoming criticism so they said that they had to release the pollutants if they wanted to remain economically viable. In order to calm down and stop the conflicts that had arisen there were engineers and scientists sent out to make technological fixes. These were machines that could develop a solution to all the problems so far. According to LeCain the three types of Technological fixes were: “the transformational techno-fix, the relocational techno-fix, and the delaying techno-fix” (LeCain, pg. 138).
With the knowledge that mining pumps out terrible air pollution in mind I believe that we still need copper and other minerals. Copper is a very useful mineral that makes things easier such as conducting electricity. It can also be used for heating and motors. Life would be much harder without it. I think that LeCain’s argument is very interesting and is a tough decision. The best solution would be to move these mines are far away from people, animals, and crops as possible. We need the two sides to both coexist for the country to be as successful as possible.