Stopping Pebble Mine: Science is Stupid

Wall Street Journal The EPA’s proposed attack on Bristol Bay protections is highly rhetorical, misleading in its facts, and dismisses the entire scientific record that shows the detrimental effects of the proposed gold and copper mine for Bristol Bay sources.

Bristol Bay watershed

In an editorial entitled “Canarias en la Pebble Mine” of May 30, 2022. The Wall Street Journal The Environmental Protection Agency attacked the issuance of a Proposed Proposal on May 26, 2022 that would ban or restrict the construction of the Pebble Mine, one of the largest sources of wild salmon fishing on Earth.

according to MagazineThe EPA’s action is a “political attack” and “an example of textbooks that the U.S. is vulnerable to the extortion of foreign minerals and miners.”

This is a colorful rhetoric that seeks to arouse the ideological prejudices of readers who are arguably unfamiliar or unconcerned with reality (that is, events) of a decade-long highly scientific process that led to the EPA’s latest proposal. This process, for example, includes two formal scientific reviews of the EPA’s findings, including a public hearing and multiple commentary periods (including one currently underway), and more than two million public comments, with tremendous support for EPA action.

If Pebble Mine is a “textbook example” of anything that is highly reprehensible, it is a mining failure – one of the four mining companies in the world that have already been abandoned in the last decade.. The value of the Northern Dynasty Minerals project now owns 100 percent of its shareholding in 2011 is now just over $ 21.00 from $ 0.30.

It’s no mystery why:

The project is proposed to build on the source of the world’s most productive sockeye salmon fishery, Bristol Bay Fisheries, which generates more than 50 percent of the world’s supply and generates $ 2.2 billion a year and is ready to produce a record 73.4 million fish. only this summer. In 2020, the Trump administration denied permission for the project, and two Alaska senators (Republican Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan) rejected the project. Former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens also dismissed Pebble Mine as “the wrong place in the wrong place.” For nearly two decades there has been an active stance against more than 80 per cent of the people living in the Bristol Bay region.

The EPA’s latest proposal is not a “political attack”; It’s a final bilateral acknowledgment that some places on earth are too special for me.

To support the charge of “Mineral and Mining Extortion” the publisher established a false choice between electric vehicles and the minerals they need, misrepresenting the April 2022 NRDC report. for that. against Magazine claimed that the NRDC had never “called for a moratorium on the extraction of lithium salt” but rather about the extraction of the South American Puna de Atacama by dry evaporation method.

Like General Motors, Ford and others, we support accelerating the switch to electric vehicles and moving away from fossil fuels that are causing the climate crisis. We have called for the responsible purchase and investment of critical minerals like lithium and to use these minerals efficiently, for example, by building and recycling long-lasting batteries in a way that reduces waste. But we insist on responsible mining practices that do not endanger scarce water resources, wildlife and communities.

The good news is that the same abandoned Pebble Mine mining industry is working to find critical minerals through more sustainable practices. As we transition to a clean energy future, there is no room for a single destructive project like Pebble Mine.

When ideology or ignorance transcends events, bad things happen– whether the subject is climate change, weapons of attack, election results or anything else. Deadly storms are on the rise, sea levels are rising, children are dying, democracy is failing and nature is disappearing. As The Wall Street Journal recently proven, mining can also be a good case when reality and science are subject to ideological rhetoric..

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