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Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

Do you know what it takes to build a car? I do. Two-thousand, two-hundred, forty-five pounds of iron and steel (4,960 pounds of iron ore), 45 pounds of copper (2,600 pounds of copper ore), 140 pounds of aluminum,

18 pounds of zinc (720 pounds of zinc ore), 20 pounds of lead (960 pounds of lead ore), 85 pounds of glass (170 pounds of silica sand), 500 pounds of rubber and plastic, 500 pounds of barite and another 400 pounds of miscellaneous materials including oil from the North Slope, gold and platinum for the computers, pressed wood products for headliners and trunk liners, and leather upholstery. The next time you meet someone anti to these industries, ask them where the products making up their car came from.

Gil Bonnett

Auke Bay

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