As reported in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

Vast quantities of natural minerals necessary to produce everything from iPhones to electric cars to military weapons systems have been discovered across the Pacific by Japanese researchers, leading to concerns that a modern-day gold rush could contaminate waters around Hawaii.

How soon could we expect to see this “modern-day gold rush?” Real soon, and within months we may see “Japanese or other international interests could begin sucking up ocean floor mud rich in “rare-earth elements,” extract desired minerals with acid and then send more than 90 percent of the acid-treated contents back into the sea.”

This can’t be a good development for the wildlife of the already polluted, overfished Pacific. Much of the fertile, mineral-rich ocean mud apparently lies outside the 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone regulated by U.S. environmental laws. So the plundering of the sea won’t even have the benefit of America’s lax, corporate-controlled regulatory system.
Brandon Bosworth

Brandon Bosworth