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Reader's View: PolyMet backers overlook the many costs of sulfide mining

Harry Moser (National View: "Drawn-out mining permitting dampens economic growth, May 1) and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, among other mining stalwarts, voicing their unbridled enthusiasm for the introduction of sulfide mining into northern Minnesota's f...

Harry Moser (National View: “Drawn-out mining permitting dampens economic growth, May 1) and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, among other mining stalwarts, voicing their unbridled enthusiasm for the introduction of sulfide mining into northern Minnesota’s fragile watershed consistently stress the immediate monetary benefits of PolyMet and Twin Metals and downplay or omit entirely the grievous outcomes of sulfide mining throughout the world.
Moser, founder of the nonprofit Reshoring Initiative, even hinted in his column in the News Tribune that the United States itself is on the verge of becoming a minor player in the world if it doesn’t fully export its mineral resources, illogically linking this exploitation to patriotism and national defense.
The uncomfortable truth for all Minnesotans should be the very real power of antiquated mining laws, the horrendous and costly environmental track record of sulfide mining and the obvious undue influence of powerful mining interests on our democracy.
Dan Iverson
Mound, Minn.

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