Reader’s view: Gogebic thought it had bought soft regulationsIn 2008, the Supreme Court gave corporations “personhood,” allowing them to contribute as much as they wanted to politicians who supported their dirty plans. Big businesses now run our government. The corporate greed machine is the 1 percent.
By: Cathy Miller, Duluth News Tribune
In 2008, the Supreme Court gave corporations “personhood,” allowing them to contribute as much as they wanted to politicians who supported their dirty plans. Big businesses now run our government. The corporate greed machine is the 1 percent.
With regard to the proposed Penokee-Gogebic mine: The president of Gogebic Taconite’s parent company contributed $8,000 to help elect Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. The company wanted a mining bill fast-tracked to avoid existing rules and regulations, including environmental standards in place to protect you. Two senators refused: Dale Schultz and Bob Jauch.
Gogebic responded by announcing it was dropping its mining plans and pulling out of Wisconsin. Don’t believe it. The company wants us to beg. It’s only posturing.
Walker says we need mining to bring jobs to Northwestern Wisconsin. The truth is miners follow mines. Locals will not get the big-paying jobs. This mine is about big profits.
If anyone wants to bring jobs to the area, bring back manufacturing jobs the big corporations sent out of the country for cheap labor and bigger profits.
The corporations are aware of the environmental degradation mining can produce. They’ll have made their millions and be packed up and gone before the people see the catastrophic effects to water and land.
The next wars will be over clean water. We need to preserve water, not pollute it.
This mine is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
This planet is our home. It sustains our life. The planet will recover; it always does. But the people living downstream will be affected negatively.
I’m 58 and more than halfway through my life. It’s not me I worry about. We need to preserve this environment for future generations. It’s unfair to destroy the environment in the name of greed.