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Rock legend Bob Seger rips Gogebic Taconite mine plan on new album

An elder statesman of rock 'n' roll is weighing in about mining in northern Wisconsin. Bob Seger's latest album, "Ride Out," features a song, "It's Your World," that's a commentary on climate change. It includes a line, "Let's talk about mining i...

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Bob Seger performs in Auburn Hills, Mich., in 2011. The rock star has taken a stand against Gogebic Taconite's proposed Wisconsin mine in a song on his new album. (File / MCT)

An elder statesman of rock ’n’ roll is weighing in about mining in northern Wisconsin.
Bob Seger’s latest album, “Ride Out,” features a song, “It’s Your World,” that’s a commentary on climate change. It includes a line, “Let’s talk about mining in Wisconsin, let’s talk about breathing in Beijing.”
Seger told the Detroit News:
“The governor, Scott Walker, passed a bill through the state Legislature on a weekend that there will be no environmental oversight, ‘we want this mine.’ Well, the mine is right by a river that runs into Lake Superior, which is some of the cleanest fresh water in the world.
“But sorry, according to Scott Walker, there isn’t going to be oversight, we’re going to build this thing, and it’s going to be 9 miles long. I read about it in the New Yorker.”
Seger was referring to controversial mining legislation, which Walker signed last year, that overhauled the state’s iron mining laws. It was pushed by a Florida-based company, Gogebic Taconite, which spent heavily in Wisconsin politics, including a $700,000 contribution to the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth.
Gogebic Taconite wants to construct a large iron-ore mine in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron counties. Walker and other mine supporters have touted potential job and economic growth from the mine, while opponents cite concerns about pollution in the watershed of the Bad River, which flows into Lake Superior.
Seger, 69, whose most famous songs include “Night Moves” and “Old Time Rock and Roll,” is a lifelong resident of Michigan, and a champion of Detroit. And now he’s voicing his opinion on environmental issues.
“It’s gonna hurt my concert sales, probably” he told the Wall Street Journal. “But I want my kids and their kids to live in a good world, and to be safe from senseless violence and fanatical thinking. That’s where my motivation comes from now.”
Seger also has been an avid Great Lakes sailor through the years, winning the Port Huron-to-Mackinac race twice, in 2001 and 2002.

The Wisconsin State Journal contributed to this report.

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