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Why the Pebble Mine is Good for Alaska and America (Guest: James Taylor)

September 1, 2020

The political efforts to block the development of the Alaskan Pebble Mine are unjustified as a matter of law and science.

Over its 20-year life, the Pebble Mine could produce $500 billion worth of gold, molybdenum, and copper ore. Yet, for nearly 20 years, the deep state bureaucrats at the behest of radical environmentalists have blocked its development due to unfounded fears it would harm the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, 200 miles downriver.  The environmental impact statement shows the mine can be developed with little negative environmental impact and no impact on the salmon. Thus, preventing the mine from being developed is unjustified as a matter of law, and poor as a matter of economic policy.

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James Taylor is president of The Heartland Institute.
jtaylor@heartland.org
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org