Reader's view: Learn the facts before deciding on PolyMetMake decisions on facts, not fear. I think it’s foolish to oppose something without having all facts. And here are some facts about PolyMet’s proposed mining project.
Make decisions on facts, not fear. I think it’s foolish to oppose something without having all facts. And here are some facts about PolyMet’s proposed mining project.
PolyMet will use an existing mining site that once processed three times more ore than the company proposes to process now. This project will revitalize our mining heritage, which began on the site more than 60 years ago; it won’t destroy Minnesota’s heritage.
PolyMet’s proposed operations would not be in the Boundary Waters watershed. It’ll be physically impossible for water from PolyMet to reach the BWCAW due to the Laurentian Continental Divide. In addition, no water coming into contact with mined material would leave the mining or plant site without being tested and treated if necessary.
PolyMet is a publicly traded company, meaning profits go to shareholders, many who live in Minnesota.
Moreover, foreign companies aren’t bad. They bring much-needed investment to Minnesota. Look around. There’s UPM Blandin, a Finnish company; ArcelorMittal, headquartered in Luxembourg; and CN, or Canadian National. They all provide economic benefit and jobs to Minnesota.
The claim we don’t need to mine is crazy and foolish. We all use the metals that’d be mined in northern Minnesota. In fact, some of the same people opposing PolyMet worked to pass a solar mandate during the 2013 legislative session. Do you know what a key component is in solar panels? It’s copper. The environmental movement is driving up the need for these metals, yet environmental activists don’t want them mined. Sure, we can and do recycle, but that’s not enough to meet demand.
Environmental groups seem to want to instill fear and divide communities. They say we have to choose jobs or the environment, but that’s hogwash. We can have both.
Please get real facts before deeply opposing or supporting anything.