This article reads like a press release from the MCEA. It isn’t reporting. It’s ‘journalism’ bia press release:
A campaign by critics of proposed copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota says it has gathered petition signatures from all 87 Minnesota counties.
Mining Truth says more than 12,000 people have signed its petition, which asks Gov. Mark Dayton to ensure the environment will be protected in any copper-nickel mining.
Scott Strand of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy says people statewide want Dayton to put water quality first when considering projects like the proposed PolyMet and Twin Metals mines.
First, how many of the 12,000 signatures came from Hennepin and Ramsey counties? It isn’t a stretch to think that the majority of them came from those 2 counties. In fact, it’s likely that a majority of signatures to the petition came from those counties.
Second, existing laws require mining companies not pollute. These laws’ provisions are proactive, eliminating the need for taxpayer-financed superfund clean-ups. Plans are submitted to the state and federal regulating agencies. After approval, the mines are inspected on a regular basis to guarantee that pollution isn’t happening. If the mining company isn’t living up to their plans, operations can be shut down. Fines can be imposed, too.
The organizations spearheading this effort aren’t committed to the truth. Conservation Minnesota, aka CM, insists that the previous mining operations polluted the land. I’ve cited examples of precious metal mining operations that improved environmental quality in the long run on this blog. That’s irrefutable fact. That isn’t speculation. MCEA is known for its hardball tactics. Its most notable ‘accomplishment’ was stopping the Big Stone II power plant project from happening. MCEA considers it a victory to make electricity more expensive and high-paying jobs extinct. That says everything you need to know about their priorities.
Simply put, MCEA’s and CM’s priorities aren’t Minnesota’s priorities. They’re the priorities of their plutocrat donors. They’re the special interests’ priorities.
This paragraph is laughable:
Dayton has been feeling conflicting political pressure over mining from his environmentalist allies on one side, who oppose copper-nickel mining, and his labor and Iron Range supporters on the other side, who want the jobs. The Democratic governor has said he’s pro-environment and pro-jobs, and there needs to be a balance.
Gov. Dayton isn’t just pro-environment. He’s pro-environmental extremist. MCEA and CM don’t play nice. They won’t hesitate in lying if that’s what’s needed to win a fight.
Northern Minnesota needs mining jobs. Tourism hasn’t come close in replacing mining in terms of jobs. Meanwhile, poverty rates on the Range are disgustingly high, approaching 16% in the Arrowhead. If Gov. Dayton won’t tell these extremists to take a hike, then Minnesotans need to fire him ASAP. Restoring prosperity to the Iron Range isn’t just important, it’s essential.
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