Ayn Rand “math”: Rearden Metal is cheaper per pound than iron. One of the major components of Rearden Metal is copper. It is not used in trace amounts, but requires hundreds of tons of the stuff for thousands of tons of Rearden Metal. In other words, Rearden Metal is at least 10% copper – and maybe more.
Cost of iron, per pound: $0.004 per pound.
Cost of copper, per pound: between $0.55 and $1.95 per pound, depending on quality.
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