Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, June 14, 2010 8:46 pm

The longest war; or, OK, technically I guess it WASN’T about oil. It was about iron, gold, copper, lithium …

Filed under: We're so screwed — Lex @ 8:46 pm

And I guess now we know why:

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits β€” including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium β€” are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

A couple of thoughts:

  • Anything that provides Afghanistan’s people a viable alternative to growing opium = good.
  • It’s a lot easier to minimize the environmental insult of extraction industries by planning to do so from the beginning than it is to go back and mitigate damage already done. This fact will be ignored in the impending gold (copper/cobalt/lithium) rush.
  • Everyone who thinks these deposits really were “recently” discovered and “previously unknown,” c’mere — I’ve got some BP stock to sell you.

1 Comment

  1. […] snarked that there was no way the copper, gold, lithium, etc., supposedly in Afghanistan was “newly […]

    Pingback by When I called the war in Afghanistan “the longest war” … « Blog on the Run: Reloaded — Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:40 pm @ 10:40 pm

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