A pair of reports that came out in recent days arrived as political campaigns are heating up in advance of the Nov. 6 general election, providing fuel for candidates to debate an issue that already is controversial.
Our report’s release kicks off a statewide campaign aimed at informing Minnesotans on the extraordinary impact environmentally responsible resource development will have on the state’s economy–an estimated $3.7 billion a year and some 8,500 jobs.
“We need these minerals,” think tank president John Hinderaker said, for heavily used items such as smartphones. “Who is going to do it … with more environmental sensitivity than Minnesota?”
Hinderaker said the center does not call for shortcuts in federal and state environmental studies.
“We really want to get popular support behind the idea that we need to develop these resources,” he said.
Besides copper and nickel, Hinderaker and Isaac Orr of the center say the Iron Range also has major amounts of cobalt and a critical ingredient for titanium.
The Center’s statewide campaign includes billboards, radio and television commercials, while the report can be downloaded along with a fact sheet at our new www.MinnesotaMines.com website. It’s time to have an honest and open debate on the responsible development of Minnesota’s resources. Join the conversation and let us know if you see one of our billboards in your community!