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Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost MN’s Economy $3.7 Billion a Year and Create 8,500 Jobs

Environmentally responsible mining will provide a $3.7 billion annual boost to Minnesota’s economy, create 8,500 jobs and generate nearly $200 million a year in tax revenue for state and local governments, according to a new report by Center of the American Experiment. The report, Unearthing Prosperity: How Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost Minnesota’s Economy, evaluates the mining potential of the state’s largely untapped world-class mineral resources. “Mining is often framed as an ‘either or’ proposition—jobs or the environment, tourism jobs or mining jobs. But this is an inaccurate portrayal of modern mining,” said Isaac Orr, a policy fellow at Center of the...

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Mining generates 10 times more economic value than leisure, hospitality

This op-ed appeared July 29, 2018 in the Duluth News Tribune.  This month, the News Tribune published a commentary by Sandra B. Zellmer and Alexandra B. Klass of the Center for Progressive Reform. In it, they argued against Twin Metals and the possibility of sulfide-ore copper-nickel mining in Northeastern Minnesota (Professors' View: "U-turn on Twin Metals a massive giveaway of irreplaceable public resources"). "(A Twin Metals) mine promises to be an economic loser," they contended, saying that, "A 2017 study by Key Log Economics showed that copper-nickel mining in the Boundary Waters watershed would cost Northeastern Minnesota $288 million in lost revenue from visitor...

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PolyMet Amendment Dropped From NDAA

The Duluth News Tribune ran an interesting article on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was meant to expedite the exchange of land between Polymet Mining Corp. and the federal government. Although the land swap has already occurred, it is unfortunate that Polymet will not have Congressional approval because anti-mining groups will now attempt to block the land exchange through the court system....

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Economy Hums and Mining Rebounds Up North

According to a post in the Duluth News Tribune, iron mining firms have rebounded from the slump they experienced a few years ago and the economy in Minnesota is humming along. Just think what the economy would look like up there if Minnesota were to capitalize its vast copper, nickel, platinum group element, and titanium deposits, which would add $3.7 billion in annual economic activity, create more than 1,900 mining jobs and support 6,566 indirect and induced jobs, with total wages of $635 million, and generate nearly $198 million in tax dollars for state and local governments. Story from the Tribune is below. Iron...

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Summer Issue of Thinking Minnesota is out

The just-released summer issue of Thinking Minnesota makes a compelling case for how allowing more mining in northern Minnesota would give Minnesota’s economy a potent shot in the arm. In the cover story, Center policy fellows used a sophisticated economic modeling program to conclude that increased mining will produce 8500 jobs and bring in $3.7 billion to the state’s economy. On top of that Minnesotans appear to agree. In a related article, the quarterly Thinking Minnesota poll shows that Minnesotans agree. When told that mining would add $3.4 billion to the economy and create thousands of Minnesota jobs, respondents’ support for...

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Painter’s Stance on Mining is a Dumpster Fire

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Painter, who became famous for his dumpster fire ad, addressed a crowd of about 100 people in Ely, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 17th. Copper-nickel mining was one of the main topics of conversation at the event. Unfortunately, Painter's stance on the issue is, well, a dumpster fire....

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