[Marxism] A Different Environmental Threat: Peak Rare Minerals, China, and Green Technology
sartesian at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 6 13:28:03 MDT 2009
Nope. Not true. The debates about "peak oil" do not, all of them, revolve
around when the size of the fixed supply. The debates revolve around
whether or not the representations of peak oil advocates are accurate.
To say something has a definite supply is not to say tapping that supply
will follow the "peak schematic," and in fact, in most "less developed
countries" production and output have not followed the peak format.
Extraction, rates of extraction, are social developments, not geological.
Without technological advancements, production rates can remain at static
levels. Technology applications are a social relation of production.
Iron ore, coal, copper all have definite quantities. Has any of that
production conformed to a peak schematic, based on depletion of reserves?
Not hardly. Why oil is considered to be different than iron ore, coal, has
much more to due with commerical fears rather than known reserves, known
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Perelman" <michael at ecst.csuchico.edu>
To: "David Schanoes" <sartesian at earthlink.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] A Different Environmental Threat: Peak Rare
Minerals,China, and Green Technology
. Mathematically, as long as a fixed supply exists, there
> will necessarily be a peak point in extraction. The debates about peak
> oil revolve around the question of the size of that fixed supply.
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