The rift between miners and environmentalists has existed within the DFL for years. That tension isn’t new. What’s different this time is that the environmentalists are strident in their opinions. What’s different this time is that the environmentalists aren’t just strident about mining. It’s that the environmentalists are strident in their opinions about an entire way of life. Brian Bakst’s article highlights that difference.
The rift got pretty intense when Reid Carron said “Resentment is the primary driver of the pro-mining crowd here; they are resentful that other people have come here and been successful while they were sitting around waiting for a big mining company. They want somebody to just give them a job so they can all drink beer with their buddies and go four-wheeling and snowmobiling with their buddies, not have to think about anything except punching a clock.”
It’s worth noting that Carron’s wife is Becky Rom. Ms. Rom “was quoted suggesting a mine worker also featured in the article didn’t care about the area’s natural beauty because he ‘drives to the mine in his truck, comes home and watches TV, and he doesn’t know this world exists.'”
Suffice it to say that Carron and Rom displayed tons of contempt for the people who built this nation. It isn’t a stretch to think that Carron and Rom care more about their ideology than they care about doing what’s right for the people who built this nation.
Meanwhile, Ken Martin is working feverishly to hold the DFL together rather than working feverishly to make Minnesota great again:
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin was among the leaders in his party to say there was no room, in his words, “for the sharp-tongued attack on Minnesotans who work hard every day to provide for their families and support our state’s economy.”
Within Chairman Martin’s DFL, though, there is room for the environmentalists to consistently criticize miners, pipefitters and other unionists. Within Chairman Martin’s DFL, there’s no criticism when Gov. Dayton stacks the PUC with environmentalists who stand ready to deny permitting to replace Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.
People who go to work in mines are some of the hardest workers in Minnesota. They rise before the sun, work long hours, and take pride and accomplishment that comes from having produced something of value. That is a not a life to be mocked or derided. For any comments that did so, we are truly sorry.
We believe firmly—based on the science, the nature of the place, and dangerous risks associated with sulfide-ore copper mines, that the Boundary Waters is no place for that kind of mining. Our campaign will continue to work tirelessly to educate and organize others around those values toward the goal of protecting a unique and pristine place.
I don’t trust a thing they said. After all, it isn’t a secret that Becky Rom is a proven liar:
Then, late Thursday a Freedom of Information Act request by Twin Metals-Minnesota was granted. Upon request, they shared those documents with us. If anyone would like a copy, just send us an email. In the documents provided by the Bureau of Land Management was a letter asking for the PEIS. The agency requesting the PEIS? Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness. And who is the vice-chair of NEMW? Becky Rom.
We also have copies of emails sent by Rom outlining a meeting with the BLM where the agenda included: “The BLM, together with the Forest Service, should undertake a programmatic environmental impact statement.”
Rom told us the first she heard of the PEIS was when Tom Rukavina, an aide for Congressman Rick Nolan, was in Ely on March 5. We’d like to refresh her memory. A letter sent Jan. 23 from the attorney for NEMW specifically requests that the BLM and the USFS undertake a PEIS. The letter even references a meeting held on Dec. 10, 2013 with Bonnie and NEMW members. The letter to Bonnie is nine pages long and is a multi-pronged attack on copper-nickel mining in northeast Minnesota. It specifically targets Twin Metals Minnesota.
FYI- A programmatic environmental impact statement would essentially shut down mining for years. That Ms. Rom was trying to hide the fact that she’d requested on proves that she isn’t interested in working with the people she now admits “rise before the sun, work long hours, and take pride and accomplishment that comes from having produced something of value.” That’s called lip service. This is, too: