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Star Tribune Urges Serious Debate Over More Mining

American Experiment's campaign to focus attention on environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota's world-class mineral resources has picked up momentum from a surprising source--the Star Tribune Editorial Board. Dueling studies released within days of each other have performed a valuable public service this election season: putting a spotlight on economic risks and benefits of mining for copper and other precious metals in northeast Minnesota. Voters not only have a responsibility to learn more about both analyses — one is from a pro-business group [Center of the American Experiment] and the other from a Harvard economist — but also to push gubernatorial candidates in particular on...

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Minnesota’s Rich Mining Tradition Still Runs Deep

Phil Warwas has punched in for the last time after more than half a century in the mining industry. But his story in the Duluth News Tribune points to the bright future ahead for thousands of younger Minnesotans just starting out, if and when the state finally allows environmentally responsible development of our world-class mineral resources. He's endured layoffs and yearlong strikes during that time, but stuck around to pursue his passion. Machining isn't something he plans on giving up in retirement either — he'll be doing plenty of it from his shop at home as a hobby. "The machine shop held...

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Data from Michigan suggests that mining doesn’t destroy leisure and hospitality jobs

A report from economists at Harvard asserts that mining in northern Minnesota will lead to losses of jobs in "recreational employment". But no support is offered for this assumption. A look at data for the Eagle Mine in Michigan's northern peninsula, suggests it might not be. ...

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Duluth News Tribune: Statewide View: The more they learn, the more Minnesotans support copper mining

A majority of Minnesotans from around the state appear ready to embrace the prospect of developing Minnesota's massive copper, nickel, gold, platinum, and titanium resources through expanded mining. Support for mining grew when residents learned that developing our mineral resources would add $3.7 billion to Minnesota's economy and support 8,500 jobs ....

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Duluth News Tribune: DNR Denies Petition for Additional Polymet Environmental Review

The Duluth News Tribune ran an interesting story explaining that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has denied a petition for another environmental review which was sought by the environmental advocacy group WaterLegacy.  However, this does not mean the DNR is not doing their due diligence on the project. In fact, the proposed PolyMet mine is the longest and most in-depth environmental review for any project in the history of the state....

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Upper Michigan’s Population Dwindles Despite “Sustainable” Tourism Economy

Mining opponents often talk about tourism as a "sustainable" form of economic activity. However, based on the fact that the population of Upper Michigan continues to decline, the so-called "sustainable economy" is clearly not doing enough to sustain families and businesses in the region....

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“Visitors can get you only so far,” Upper Michigan Hungry For More Mining

Mining opponents throughout the country cite tourism and recreation industries as "sustainable" alternatives to mining, including in Minnesota. However, what these arguments miss is that people who live in areas that are dependent upon tourism are hungry for opportunities in other industries because the tourism industry simply does not provide the kind of high-wage jobs that people in the area need to raise and support a family....

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