Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Lake Superior- Minnesota
The EPA was the first agency that was gutted by the current administration. That is a fact.
The National Park Service was forcibly suppressed and gutted and became the ALT National Park service on facebook. That is a fact.
The current EPA has been repealing laws at every possible turn. This is also a fact.
There has never in the history of mining been a clean safe mine. This is also a fact.
I believe these two things are tied together, the selling of public lands in Wilderness areas, and the ability of investors and private parties buying the land for industrial exploitation. I believe exploitation is the correct word because I believe no laws will be followed and nothing will be cleaned up and the area and its people and wildlife will suffer.
My opinion- The way things are these days and the severe general disregard for any environmental laws including the deletion of scientific fact from state and government websites, Industry cannot be trusted to police itself which is what they propose to do.
The risk vs reward at three sites of concern for me is a one way street- Reward for business and stockholders. The three sites of concern for me are the Pebble mine, The mines on the border of the BWCA and the new mine on the Menomonie. The amount of temporary jobs and plant jobs are not worth the risk. Blue collar conservatives act like they are going to get rich personally from these mines which is far from the truth.
While I know we need mines and we can't all just live in the woods on berries and nuts, the push to mine at any cost is nothing more than a money grab, in fact in the long run these mines are more about stock prices and investors than the actual profit and jobs.
The risk is not worth the reward, especially when we have mines in areas that are sitting idle on old established mine sites in North America. The market is flooded with cheap metals.
There are many myths that just won't die and its always laughable when the internet keeps them alive. I've lived on the Iron range and Ive worked in the mines, and I know about the poverty boom and bust cycle of the north woods, when you see the large scale devastation that barely keeps small towns from becoming ghost towns, the answer does NOT logically become mine more, it becomes the question of why are`nt we diversified into other industries and more tourism and the strengths of the area. The value and widespread jobs speaking of my state and the BWCA is worth far more than a new mine.
Who is getting rich off the mine? Are they even paying taxes?
I laugh out loud at your puny little wolves and wolf packs in the west and how scared everyone is. Here in Minnesota the areas that have good whitetail deer habitat and wolf packs there are more deer and bonus tags for deer. they keep the population healthy. They do not eat everything in sight, and they do take a calf or two every few years off the land but that is the cost of doing business in the woods. There are 13 wolves on my deer hunting land, I saw one last fall that went 2 bills. The place has always had wolves and deer long before white farmers showed up from Scandinavia.
Usually the people here that complain about wolves are slob hunters that want to take 5 deer a piece when one or two is all that's needed.
The wolves are supposed to be there, there is a relationship between wolves and moose and caribou and deer.