Comment 72375

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted December 18, 2011 at 22:16:43 in reply to Comment 72370

Ontario has well over a hundred million tonnes of unremediated uranium tailings near Elliot Lake alone. This has been publicly acknowledged for decades (many of these mines closed in the 1960s), and very little has been done about it. The cost of this site alone will undoubtedly reach well into the billions. And that's one site from one stage of one industry.

We cast a very large shadow. Far beyond our city's borders, our lifestyles involve enormous tracts of land, colossal workforces and massive costs. Cement, drywall, metals, minerals, lumber, energy, plastics, food...all of these and more come to us in ways which are totally unsustainable and render vast areas unable to produce them (and anything else) in the future. We haven't just hit peak oil, we've hit peak everything and all these costs are rising as a result, and have been for most of a decade now. Our financial markets certainly haven't helped this, but even under the wisest technocratic management, does anybody really think this kind of resource use could continue in the long run?

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