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If supply chains are just payment chains in reverse, why not treat inflation as just another payments system problem and supply liquidity as needed? If prices go up, why not make sure everyone can pay them? (Isn't this how the Fed treated repo hyperinflation in September 2019, by printing money as needed?)

《Refining operations, on the supply side, have been impacted by the availability of energy.》

Is energy physicaĺly scarce, or are producers throttling supply for political or psychological reasons? Is inflation simply a power play?

When does recycling become economic? If the Fed gives consumers money to afford recycled copper, would that be better for the planet? What if engineers built with recycling in mind, designing engines such that recycling their metals is easy? Is lack of money the reason they don't do so already?

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