In response to the many anti-copper-nickel mining letters to the editor in the News Tribune, I ask: What is with the obsession over Twin Metals being owned by a Chilean company?
What about Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Isuzu, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen? All of those are foreign-owned companies, but their vehicles are built here in the United States, and they employ Americans. Fiat-Chrysler currently owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat and Alfa-Romeo in North America. And then there is the Ford Fusion: Is it considered a foreign car since it is built in Mexico?
Are anti-mining, extreme preservation groups boycotting and lobbying against these car companies, too?
What about the ownership of the Iron Range taconite plants and the steelmaking plants that provide the minerals and steel to build foreign-owned vehicles? Do opponents of copper-nickel mining even realize the foreign ownership of these companies?
Twin Metals being owned by a multinational, foreign company, Antofagasta, is the lamest argument against Twin Metals. Twin Metals employs Americans!
Try another argument, opponents, maybe one based on science. This one is getting old.
The writer is president of the grassroots group Conservationists with Common Sense (cwcs.org).