In his argument, LeCain describes three types of techno-fixes: transformational, relocational, and delaying (LeCain, p. 138). Transformational fixes change the problem to a different form. Relocational fixes moves the problem or changed product to a new location to be used. A delayed fixed is when the problem has been slowed down, but will build up again and become an issue (LeCain, p. 148). After giving examples of these fixes in two areas, LeCain keeps pointing out that the fixes are only temporary. At the beginning, the fixes did help reduce toxins from the air. However, when the toxins been changed and used in other areas, such as fertilizers for farms, the residue infiltrates the environment in a new and dangerous way (LeCain, p. 142).
In today’s society, I believe that minerals that are mined are necessary. I believe that society is not ready to move on from where it is in terms of mineral usage. I do believe that society, or at least some part of it, wants to find ways that makes mining less damaging. In order to make mining safe, mining companies and scientists can not think of the immediate problem. They have to plan for problems that could happen from various fixes, such as the algae bloom from fertilizers. Mining companies and scientists need to take LeCain’s arguments to heart because it will be the best way for today’s society to move forward, and maybe even stop mining overall. If we can stop mining, then environmental issues should reduce dramatically, unless humans finds a worse “fix.”