What is your country and what kind of mining is it? Also, how long have those profitable mines existed?>most sites have been explored but not tapped yet
Just like how I explained to you that saying the deep crust and seafloor are viable is not true, this is also a relatively weak argument. Anything that is not tapped yet has not been tapped because it is less profitable than anything else currently being worked due to local regulations or difficulty accessing the material. I mean, you can look at all the failed mines that cover the world.>space mining tech, & moon surface transportation would be pretty much new.
This isn't really the case either, especially for transportation. We have had rovers that were actually used on the moon for decades now and there are many new rover designs that both NASA and other space agencies have produced. The rover in The Martian was actually based directly off what was the most current NASA rover, which I sat in myself when I was an intern there. Also mining tech wouldn't have to be particularly new. Much of it could easily be adapted terrestrial mining technologies which are already automated in many cases (see coal extraction). Along with that, saying "we already have the technology, but it would have to be at a larger scale than normal" isn't really an argument for new inventions being a major barrier.
Really, the only significant advancement would have to be processing the minerals to extract the elements we want. That said, some solid designs already exist, and the processes would be made significantly easier by the cold, low pressure, and lack of both atmosphere and pollution requirements that exist on the moon.
You say the amount of little steps might be immense, but plans for this have already been made and all the calculations have been done for decades. What will need to be done and how much it will cost is actually decently well understood.
You can believe what you want, it doesn't look like I even have a hope of convincing you otherwise. That said, I live in this world and these exact kinds of plans are what come up on a regular basis. The only reason why there won't be a Moon 2030 is because a lack of interest by the general public. It is
risky and the biggest problem right now is that the billionaires are making NASA's 2010's mistake of investing too much into Mars over the Moon at the moment, but we do
have just about all the technology we need to make it happen in a decade or less if there was a concerted effort made.