July 09, 2008
Behold the Power of the Market

Where untold government regulations have failed, incentive succeeds:

Skyrocketing costs of scrap metal have created a silver or should we say steel lining to economic and environmental woes. Collecting scrap not only brings in extra money, but also encourages citizens to clean up unsightly refuse.

Stick that in your "stupid plebes will always be polluting monsters so we have to get the government to force them to clean up after themselves" pipe and smoke it!

I've never been a fan of recycling because, if it really did cost less to recycle something, someone would pay me to recycle. It doesn't, so nobody does.

Posted by scott at July 09, 2008 12:52 PM

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Actually, this isn't such a great thing after all. As demand for (and payment for) scrap metal rises, it's more lucrative to steal stuff and sell it for scrap.

Half of the highway metering lights in Silicon Valley are inoperative because of thieves tearing them open to steal the copper wire.

Posted by: DensityDuck on July 9, 2008 12:56 PM

Why are they still using copper there? Shouldn't they have invented some new technology that just beams the power over there? Kind of like Obama plans on just beaming money from nowhere into everyone's pockets?

Posted by: ron on July 9, 2008 02:12 PM
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