Understanding the Loggers

Part 1 – Technofixes

LeCain’s argument is that there is three types of technological fixes. The first is the transformational technological-fix. The second is the relocational technological fix, and the third is the delaying technological-fix. Lecain focuses on the meaning of each fix and the overlap between them. Furthermore, he discusses the effects each has on society.

Part 2 – The Importance of Minerals

Currently, the cost of building materials is unreasonably high in Libby. My ex-boyfriend’s, father, is a construction worker in the area and explained to me that it is cheaper to drive hundreds of miles than to buy locally. Furthermore, during my year in Troy (a town 15 miles from Libby) citizens made it clear that they NEED jobs. With important industries such as logging and mining being forced out, many in the area are forced to rely on food stamps. My teacher explained it to me like this “When I graduated (in the 70’s) boys would get mining and lumber tools for graduation presents. Then they would immediately begin to work in those industries. So when those industries were forced out, a whole generation was left with no idea what to do.” What I found most interesting was that the people weren’t afraid of working long, hard hours. Instead, they weren’t employed because there are no opportunities in the area.

Although the effects of mining minerals is unquestionably devastating, it is important to note that prices of goods would skyrocket throughout the United States. In all honesty, although many would say “of course we should ban mining these materials, they’re destroying the planet” they would (more than likely) change their tone once they saw valued-items skyrocket. Although I see the importance of mining because of the jobs they create, I believe we should ban these practices. Here’s why; if we ban getting these minerals, humans will inevitably find a material they can substitute it with. So we should ban mining to limit our damage to the planet and force human innovation.

Thank you for reading!

Mitcham, C. (2005). Encyclopedia of science, technology, and ethics. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.

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