The Great Debate

The Great Debate is intended to be a good-natured debate about the mining industry with a goal of raising funds for the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. The opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily of SME or Mining Engineering . Follow The Great Debate, where some of the world’s leading braggarts from six mining sectors have been enlisted to brag, roast, cajole and otherwise humorously make their case for being the most important sector to mining.

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The Great Debate aims to settle, once and for all, which sector of the mining industry is the most important. You have read what the sector leaders have to say, now it’s your turn. Join the Great Debate by commenting below. Please keep it civil, after all, we are all in this together.

  1. And somehow, as if by magic, environmental makes it all better.


    Posted by William Lipps

    April 03, 2020



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    William Lipps
    Gen Mgr Govt & Reg
    Shimadzu Scientific Instrument
    Columbia MD United States
    (626)386-1127
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  2. A pattern to use on all your new shirts


    Posted by William Lipps

    April 02, 2020


    For all you geologists and mining engineers, and metallurgists out there.
    This one's for you. 


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    William Lipps
    Gen Mgr Govt & Reg
    Shimadzu Scientific Instrument
    Columbia MD United States
    (626)386-1127
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  3. RE: You are all lost, except for the "crazy ones" behind the curtain.


    Posted by Leslie Watson

    April 02, 2020

    The Environmental Division which includes safety, governance, as well as bugs, bunnies, hobbits and more than one unicorn has risen to the challenge. With the posting by Bill Gleason on LinkedIn it is clear that the donations to the Great Debate are not limited to SME members. 



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    Leslie Watson
    Watson Environmental
    Tucson AZ United States
    (520) 306-1676
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 03-28-2020 10:52 AM
    From: William Lipps
    Subject: You are all lost, except for the "crazy ones" behind the curtain.



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    William Lipps
    Gen Mgr Govt & Reg
    Shimadzu Scientific Instrument
    Columbia MD United States
    (626)386-1127
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