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From the column: "Although Antofagasta executives ... stand to profit handsomely from this arrangement, the U.S. could be left to buy back our own precious metals from China."
From the column: "As the Inflation Reduction Act signed by the president tells us, the domestic sourcing of critical minerals must be at the center of the clean-energy transition. And with some of the most stringent regulatory and environmental standards in the world, mining can be done safer in our backyard than in other places with subpar standards."
The company and its supporters want an environmental review of its project, not a blanket ban or study on hypothetical projects within the watershed.
Today, Minnesota has potential win-win solutions that both decrease carbon emission and provide opportunities in the emerging green economy as the climate crisis intensifies.
“There has never been a copper/sulfide mine that hasn’t leached."
The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.

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There should be a rational discussion on how we can move forward in an environmentally safe way to get the metals we need for green technologies.
From the column: "Championing (a) foreign mining conglomerate gives Stauber political cover to sit on his hands and act against workers when it really counts."
From the column: "Even with the best of designs and best efforts, spills and leaks happen. Mining occurs in the natural environment, not in a controlled factory."

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