David Givers, Moorhead, Published January 12 2014
Letter: Mine a disaster for environmentThe proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota is required to treat the polluted water generated by the mine. No one knows for certain how long it will take to clean up the water. It could be 200 years, 500 years, or in perpetuity, according to the recently published draft environmental impact statement.
Fiscal conservatives claim to be worried about the fiscal debt burden we place on the future. I may have to wait until the cow jumps over the moon for some to become worried about the environmental debt burden that we continue to place on our children, and the next seven generations, caused by copper-nickel mining, and the other burdens we heap on the Earth.
We can employ our intelligence and our ingenuity to overcome our real environmental burdens, but only when we agree to make the required changes. These changes are opposed most vehemently by those who benefit the most from business as usual.
That is why we get skewed cost-benefit statements from our business and labor communities, as well as obfuscation and misrepresentation of the science and the scientific method of discovery.
Remember, we are all in this together.