Installing environmental controls at mines and plants around the world has been good for business in wevery fuckin country except the US. Here, its a political football usd to pit one side against the other and people like gunga buy the "conspiracy " crap.
Iron mining, by using complex asbestos removal systems, is able to reclaim and use ores as low as 2% PROFITABLY. In the US, our old decrepit system of mining and smelting is built on 19th century technology. Same thing with strategic minerals and metals (aluminum, lithium, lead, copper Ti etc)
Most foreign countries are waaaay ahead of us because we, like General Motors, have had this hubris bas on "We know what the fucks good for you"
Businesses in metals extraction and oil and gas CAN be clean and [profitable, we just hve to understand how the economic of environmental controls pays a huge feedback onto a life cycle of production of rsources.
I do most of my work for foreign companies in foreign countries (except for platinum which is controlled by a Dutch owned Us located outfit)
They've spent all kinds of cash to reclaim everything including theor own poop waters (which, on average is re refined annually nd each plant cn reclaim over a million dollars per year)
Theres no conspiracy to "take ammo off the market to control the people". The business as stated above, is purely profit driven and sources of metal aren't at all affected (in fact theres a surplus of secondary lead).
If we ever get together as a people and stop this ankle biting at each side (based on divisive one-issue **** that folks like oral spout), we could see that, with a bit of pressure, we could affect changes so that our industrial processes are forced to KEEP UP WITH THE TECH TIMES , wheremodern life cycle production can be seen to be clean and money making.
Will we ever learn?
Ive only been working in this crap for over 35 years and its sad how insane politics can ruin really good ideas