Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:36 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Do you really need that new gadget?

An often-overlooked connection: I'm thinking that every person who reads this has a cell phone, TV and a computer. Perhaps most of you have a car, a gun, a kitchen and some of you like to ski and/or bike. Think about what it takes to build and operate these items: heavy metals.

For example: Copper, a main ingredient in computer chips, has superior electrical conductivity. Molybdenum is used in CV joints (hello, Subaru owners), rifle barrels, Teflon, two-stroke engines, bicycles and ski glide wax. Not to mention the many uses of gold.

The connection: Pebble Mine intends to be an extremely large copper, molybdenum and gold mine. Please think about reducing your use of the things that you can (do you really need that new cell phone?), reusing or passing along the things that you really cannot use any longer, and then: recycling.

See you at Spenards for the Electronic Recycling Event on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Deb Cox


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