Comment 79130

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 03, 2012 at 12:18:37 in reply to Comment 79078

Little known fact: Stelco actually had plans for a windfarm at their Lake Erie facilities, to help power the plant, but backed out on the deal at the last minute. It was in the last years of the company, and got a little ugly. The old Stelco leadership was known for decisions like this.

As for steel - it's a really dirty, dangerous industry, but one which literally keeps our city standing. The question we have to ask isn't whether we could do without steel, it's whether we're going to import it or make it here. It won't be any cleaner or safer in China, Mexico or Eastern Europe. Putting it "out of sight, out of mind" only means that others will have to suffer with far nastier steel plants.

There are materials (plastic, fiberglass, aluminum, carbon etc) which can replace steel in small amounts, but none which could easily (or cheaply) keep bridges and skyscrapers standing. The only thing which comes close in terms of strength and cost is bamboo, and it doesn't grow well here.

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