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Nixie 19th January 2006 12:39 AM

World copper supply running out!!!

Cal Weldon 19th January 2006 12:50 AM

Hi Nixie,

I have moved this to everything else.

I guess it's not a surprise, everything runs out. One nice thing about copper is how much is recycled. I've made many a beer night for the boys from old copper flashings on re-roof projects. I can imagine a lot of old wire and pipes see the same fate. So how long before it really runs out?

poobah 19th January 2006 12:58 AM

Don't think about, "not enough copper"... think about, "Too many people".... and then do your part... spay your children and other pets.

purplepeople 19th January 2006 01:07 AM

If you need wire, just look above the suspended ceiling of any office. I'll wager that there will be a lot of old network cabling that can be recycled or re-used. Most of the time, these so-called network professionals will just string up new cable rather than trace/test/remove the old cable.


sam9 19th January 2006 01:13 AM

Don't hold your breath. We've been "running out" of something oir other for a century. Besides metals go away they just get moved around There's a fair chance the gold on your RCA turminals Once belonged to thje Inca until the Spanish appropriated, until Btitish privateers appropriated it untilit was used to buy tea in China until the Japaese or Russians appropriated it and used to to plate the RCA terminals on your 47 Lab GainCard.

In the heyday of pre-digital photography, it was said that nearly half the world's stock of silver circulated several times a year through Rochester, NY. Think KodaChrome!

Stocker 19th January 2006 01:37 AM

Short-sighted scaremongering. Follow the money friends.

Remember the Peak Oil theory? Remember how last year we heard of discoveries that about doubled our estimated oil in the ground?

We don't know where all the copper in the world is.

By the time we actually do run out of copper, look for it to be replaced already with carbon nanotubes and whatnot. ;)

sam9 19th January 2006 01:47 AM

Not many know it but the Middle East is NOT our largest and most important supplier of oil. It's <gasp> Canada. What a terrible fate to be at the mercy (merci?) of the Canuckistani's.

I once had shares in a uranium mine. Not a great investment but I did notice that year after year "proven reserves" were always about the same. I was puzzeled until someone explained to me that "Proven reserves" has little or nothing to do with geology but a great deal to do with the SEC, audit firms and bean counters.

maxro 19th January 2006 02:23 AM


Originally posted by sam9
Not many know it but the Middle East is NOT our largest and most important supplier of oil. It's <gasp> Canada. What a terrible fate to be at the mercy (merci?) of the Canuckistani's.
I guess we should get some real national defence of our own then?


SY 19th January 2006 02:25 AM

:captain: Guys, let's keep this away from politics.

Tweeker 19th January 2006 02:48 AM

I know a man in construction, hes had the experience of finding all the pipes hed put in last week ripped out and sitting by the dumpster all in a bundle.

Theres a very aggresive recycling gang operating in Blatimore. They come wearing orange vests and hard hats, set out traffic cones and systematically steal aluminium light poles. Over 130 stolen and counting.

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