Refining metal ore is far more expensive than just melting down used metal. Apparently it’s not enough to just export our jobs and industrial infrastructure. Our means to rebuild in the future is also being undermined.
Contrast this with sensible government policies elsewhere:
It seems the US is way ahead of Ghana and South Africa in its subservience to foreign interests. This country has reverted to being a colony. Welcome to the 3rd world.
Not what you’d expect given the mass media’s treatment of the issue. The rate per 100K people has gone from about 7 to less than 4. Excluding government sponsored democide, of course. But those victims are mainly abroad so they don’t count anyway.