“They” said we’d be out of oil by 2000 and the ozone layer would kill us and on and on. Necessity is the mother of invention. We all want a clean and healthy earth but we also need minerals and energy so we must find the perfect balance. What sense is the “not in my backyard” mind set. If we don’t mine it-we must buy it and trust that some third world country will protect the Earth? We put harsh rules on recyclers recovering the metal belts from tires so they were sent across the border to Mexico. I watch the billows of black smoke from my home in ElPaso Tx and the air damaged my lungs.