Regular reader may recall a recent missive offering data on iron and aluminum ore reserves here in the USofA. It is not a comforting picture for those eager to return to the 19th century's industrial model. Today, Eduardo Porter reports on further research regarding tariffs on steel and aluminum vis-a-vis their use. The main point being: how many jobs are affected by tariffs in steel making and steel using industry. Not surprising, the numbers still say that the USofA workers (net, all of them) take it in the neck as do consumers of USofA manufactures.

For every job in Tupelo producing steel or aluminum, there are 200 jobs in industries that consume them that could be put at risk as tariffs push up the prices of these metals, according to research from Jacob Whiton and Mark Muro of the Brookings Institution.

Take a look at those colorful maps: the redneck knuckleheads, once again, voted for suicide. They don't need no education.

This finding is not an outlier, by any means. Total employment in steel and aluminum has been dropping like a rock since the end of WWII, when we gobbled up vast quantities of the Mesabi Range ore

While the Mesabi Range had single-handedly supplied the iron for steel during World War II, it essentially dug its own grave. The Range totaled output of over 188 million tons of ore during the course of the war, and exhausted itself of natural hematite until the process of making taconite into iron was discovered into the 50's and 60's. The Mesabi Range lived like a star, dimly lighting the industry, and going supernova when it was most needed, provided for the country and gave everything it had until it had nothing left. In being the key for us winning the war, the Mesabi Range gave its life force, becoming just another casualty of the war.

The USGS has a report on the levels of mining, production, and reserves. It agrees with other data from that previous missive.

Stupid people make stupid choices. That fact has always, and will always, be true.

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Comment by J.P. Hart on March 21, 2018 at 9:29am

Possibly why crawl-line news of the last white rhino's demise was but a blip in time like a sparrow wing tip touching ann earth-sized ball bearing.

Let alone the flesh and blood of the unique word combination: Alpha-Human.

O &

Mellow is the man!

Really hope Alex Trebec remains healthy enuff to moderate the (Our/'Der/next POTUS debate; you know much 'bout the IF&WHEN Mr. Robert Young? Easter egg hunt on the WH Lawn just around the corner...Sophia and me are trying to coincide our annual cabin fever shin-dig with the first warm-enuff March day so we can turn on the outofdoors faucet; a reprieve for us'n over-the-hill hippies; door prize this time: Dress like a Druid! No doubt there'll be some good good bull manure to pay...

Comment by Robert Young on March 21, 2018 at 9:36am

well, if Pence doesn't get Agnewed, he'll have us praying for manufacturing.

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 21, 2018 at 11:21am


i'd the cyber-fineness to go for (stripes mit paste) that photo of the Appalachian kids trig left me with on Hart of the Deal

At least I recollect it was during this incarnation. Jesus, the light in that black&white! One imagines the storm clouds glistening...

Whoosh that ol' boy could do more with his skill saw than a savant with an etch cha sketch. (I just got another call-in double-dose: Saturday in the Park and Taking It to the Streets...gotta go and re-edit that colored balloon short-short over Los Alamos

Stay save Sir!

Comment by Maui Surfer on March 21, 2018 at 10:09pm

Pretty much anything even minorly complex and of value is assembled via the global supply chain. Choke off any one point and you strangle the others or drive the price through the roof. Stupid is as stupid does, the Rethug controllers have done an excellent job in editing education, either whitewash herstory or do not let them near any real Math ... never mind the Classics, and the list goes on. Book burning anyone?


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