True, in a sense. Kind of an apples to oranges comparison though. Think about how many things that you have bought from Wal-Mart that are 5, 10, 20 years old and still running, and running well, after day in/day out use for their entire lifetimes?
Never underestimate the long-term stupidity motivated by short-term greed
Someone who buys a Bloom Energy SOFC isn't looking for a year or two performance, or even something less than 5 years. Nor is DoD for weapons systems, aircraft, ships, etc. Nor is a Boeing or AirBus. All their uses are for long term, long range, high/higher performance products over something you could buy from a Wal-Mart or Ali-Baba.
What frustrates me is, I don't understand why Congress isn't funding this project outright yet as a national source of materials to rebuild all of the USA's bridges, infrastructure, etc., and really have that stuff last the test of time. Which is really what the US needs. You can help the US enconomy so much with just the Niobium alone. Then add the Scandium and Titanium for defense, aerospace, etc. Both Nb, and Sc for example will help Detroit build better cars and trucks that are stronger and more fuel efficient. Boeing planes, same thing, etc, etc, etc.
You simultaneously make the environmentalists, capitalists, patriotic nationalists, and national defense establishment all happy. That is amazing, and unheard of in modern day America.
Elk Creek seriously could be the souce for the rebuilding of America on so many levels if Congress will just do their jobs. Hopefully, they will see the light after this report that is coming in December, and they realize this project is good for everyone in America.