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  •  And there is that, too. . . (7+ / 0-)

    the environmental issue, and the sordid mining and such by the sordid and blind-sided State, that tends to issue in favor of rapacious development, regardless the environmental costs. The article you sent is also already in my files. It is seething in light of what these damn anti environmental agent provocateurs get away with, almost all the time. I am a big member and promoter of NRDC, among so many others, and always pressed to make this or that call to this or that Senator or Congressman or Governor, and so very few environmental battles, in the final analysis, are won, yet so many millions of people are more and more in tune with the crap that is being pulled on us. And if it doesn't outright insult a certain party affiliation in this country that consistently votes thumbs down for anything pro environmental and thumbs up to anything promoting business, I say, thumbs (or something much, much larger) rammed up their derrieres as a reminder what they're doing by advocating such environmental destruction is screwing all of us, and most especially future generations that will inherit the worst of conditions. Thanks, again, for your sage and salient commentary, willyr.

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:50:12 AM PST

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    •  Public Lands, Private Profit: Boom or Bust video (6+ / 0-)

      The Alton coal mine next door to Bryce was featured in Part 2 of a 3-part video series on private exploitation of public land, entitled:

      Boom or Bust

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:11:39 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for sharing that video (2+ / 0-)
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        Bisbonian, willyr

        Arizona has an amazing number of ghost towns from historical mining activity. Bisbee was saved after the mining company vacated only because a group of counter-culture enthusiasts moved in. The locals have steadily worked on the tourist trade to keep the town viable.

        A few years ago the mine was bought by Freeport-McMoRan and changes are already being felt in the community. Boom, Bust, Boom is a book about the history of the copper mining activity in AZ by a local (no longer), Bill Carter. To be fair, our little town was originally created by the copper industry.

        It's crazy that after so many years the soil is being tested and replaced in remediation for the previous mining activity (by Phelps-Dodge). The community has lost several folks to cancer but then again there are people who worked in the mine still living here (they are in their 80s).

        It is strange to me that the Freeport-McMoRan is required to clean up the contaminated soil while at the same time start up operations again. So far the activity is low key but I seriously worry. A pocket of our citizens has been forced to relocate and the large trucks are steadily increasing. The increase of dust from their activity has been noticeable.

        I hope that the coal mine expansion is prevented. Bryce Canyon is a special place. I share the local citizen's concern all to well. I also fear the threat of Fracking in CA south of where I grew up. It seams that hundreds of communities are threatened by dirty energy resources all across the US. Unfortunately copper will be needed for the transition to alternative energy. It is a catch 22 situation for me.

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