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  •  the mining *could* be done (0+ / 0-)

    in a somewhat responsible manner.

    For example, the Mountain Pass mine in California was closed a couple of decades ago, for (among other things) leaking radioactive waste over a large neighboring area.

    After getting permits from 18 different regulatory agencies, it reopened (more safely, I'm assuming!) 2 or 3 years ago.

    I doubt that the massively polluting mines in Indonesia, China, etc are subject to anything like that degree of regulatory oversight.  Which is a big reason (perhaps bigger than the cheap labor) that corporations like doing business over there.

    What with its icecap melting and all that, Greenland has a lot of rare earth elements (provided that a few minor issues - the accompanying radioactive elements, no workers, etc can be overcome)

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