All the information you might need in 2007 on the what chemicals the mining industry will needs now and in the future. An e-mail announcement tells me I can spend $7,500 for the most recent copy of Mining Industry Chemical Opportunities VII United States.

Nobody I know will allow me to spend that large a sum on a single volume, so I am doomed to go through life ignorant of what is in this volume. This introduction from the volume provides about all I will ever know:

The objective of this study is to provide a thorough understanding of the specific process chemicals used in the United States for the extraction, beneficiation and transport of minerals from selected ores. The study identifies each of the specific chemicals and its process function, its consumption in 2005 and projected for 2009, in pounds and United States dollars, prices per pound, suppliers to the mines and identification of selected mines using the chemicals. The 2009 projected consumption estimates are based on:

-The demand for the minerals.
-Technological changes in extraction and beneficiation processes.
-Development in new and improved functional chemicals
-The impact of United States government agency regulations.

This study provides chemical producers, distributors and mines with a tool for short-range sales, longer-range market and strategy planning and for identification of the need for improved processing chemicals.

Reading this is sort of like walking past the new Tiffany store here in Vancouver. The goods in the window represent the best of the mining industry, diamonds, gold, platinum, rubies. They all shine and sparkle through the plate glass windows as they glimmer on marble platters attended by beautiful people in black silk. I walk by in frayed cotton pants and a two-decade old leather jacket. I am well dressed by comparison with the panhandlers who own the corner. But we all pale by comparison with the unattainable riches inside the forbidden temple.

Once I did venture into Tiffany in Orange County and buy a Waterford crystal piece which still entrances with its deep lead gleam. I will never do that again, just as I will never dip into the cornucopia of information in Chemical Opportunities VII. I do not need more lead crystal or more knowledge of the chemical/mining industry in 2009.

But need is no yardstick for desire. I can understand the chagrin of those who hurled stones at the passing train in a recent movie, The Children of Men. If anybody can tell me the state of the mining industry in 2027, when the movie takes place, then I will fork out $7,500.