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Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?

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  • Part 1: Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange
  • Democratic U.S.senatorsponsorsamendment to codify Iron Range deal. 
  • Part 2: Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?
  • The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians.
  • Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine.

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Part 1: Sen. Tina Smith gets behind PolyMet land exchange.

 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_152910442257794.jpg?w=525U.S. Sen. Tina Smith spoke at the DFL State Convention in June. Smith has gotten behind a land swap to accomodate construction of a copper-nickel mine on Minnesota's Iron Range. Anthony Souffle - Star Tribune file

Democratic U.S. senator sponsors amendment to codify Iron Range deal. 

Maya Rao, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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June 15, 2018 | U.S. Sen. Tina Smith is joining other Minnesota elected officials in supporting a land exchange to enable a proposed copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range, a move that aligns her with many other of the state's top DFLers but has faced strong pushback from environmentalists.

Smith is sponsoring a Senate measure to codify the land swap, already underway by the U.S. Forest Service, to make way for PolyMet Mining's long-in-the-works project. It would also nullify four lawsuits seeking to block the move.

Maya Rao, Reporter, Washington Bureau, wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.

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Part 2: Sen. Smith’s PolyMet amendment: Corporate welfare? Pandering? Or just a reasonable deal?

The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians.

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/PolyMet%20NorthMet%20Mine.jpgJun 13, 2018 | The heated debate over the role of mining in northern Minnesota has become full of political landmines for Democratic politicians, not only in local races like the one in the 8th Congressional District, but also in statewide contests.

At the same time, Smith has not yet been elected to this seat, and she has worked since taking office in January to build a legislative record she can run on in November. That now includes some definitive action on mining: last week, she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced an amendment to the annual federal defense spending bill to expedite an exchange of Minnesota land between the federal government and the mining company PolyMet.

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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
  • We can do better thanendangeringourground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur.

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  • "Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."  —Brad Woodhouse, Protect Our Care
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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpgFriday, May 11, 2018 | In a strong indication that investors and major pharmaceutical companies know President Donald Trump's newly unveiled drug plan "will do nothing to rein in their greed," Big Pharma stocks soared on Friday as Trump delivered a brief and extremely vague speech promising to lower drug costs that critics called a "cover-up for the sweetheart deal" he's offering America's price-gouging drugmakers.

"When big pharmaceutical companies' stocks spike during your big reveal on lowering prices, you're doing something wrong," Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of Protect Our Care, said in a statement following Trump's speech on Friday. "Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."

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What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources?

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PolyMet NorthMet mine (PolyMet) Public News Service   

  • There has not been a single [copper mine] that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds.
  • Related: Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

 

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader  / Rise Up Times

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March 8, 2018 |  Everywhere in the world where copper mines have been dug and the poisonous tailing’s ponds have been installed, there has not been a single one that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds, often catastrophically.



One must ask: “Are any of you pro-copper/nickel/sulfide mining politicians listening?” This means you, Amy Klobuchar,  Mark Dayton, Rick Nolan, Tom Bakk, Kurt Daude, David Tomassoni, Tom Rukavina, Chris Coleman, Paul Thissen ,Tim Walz, Pete Stauber, to name just a few of the many politicians that may be somehow beholden to non-ferrous mining interests because of campaign "contributions."   



Here is an incomplete list of some of the culprits:

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur.
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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

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  • Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
  • We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

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Susan Flygare, MoveOn.org

February 13, 2018 | I'm Susan Flygare, a MoveOn member in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I started a petition to Governor Mark Dayton, which says:

Water is our most precious resource. Copper sulfide mines have over a 90% failure rate after closing. Minnesota has some of the purest water left in the world. The proposed PolyMet mine endangers the headwaters, the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. PolyMet has a terrible environmental record. Sign now: Do not put the mine in the headwaters.

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Governor Dayton has been misinformed about the high standards of review at the Department of Natural Resources. I respectfully ask him to review the work of the attorneys for The Friends of the Boundary Waters or read the public testimony from the hearing in Duluth on February 8.
Please get the facts and find a better way to bring jobs to our fellow citizens in Northern Minnesota. We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior, which we share with other states and Canada. Do the right thing!

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Thanks!

Susan Flygare



Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Animas%20R%20%7C%20Colorado%20R%20EPA%20Spill_1.jpgOne view of the Animas River, a once famous Colorado trout river, after millions of gallons of toxic sludge spilled from an abandoned hard rock mine tailings pond (August 5, 2015), sending more than 880,000 pounds of heavy metals, including aluminum, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and nickel and zinc (plus cyanide and asbestos) into a smaller tributary upstream. The Animas River eventually drains into the Colorado River.

(Not Mentioning the Hundreds of Leaky Tailings Dams or the Potential Catastrophic Breaches that will Likely Occur if Copper/Nickel/Sulfide Mining is Allowed in Northern Minnesota)
 

Gary G. Kohls, Special to Evergreene Digest

April 24, 2018 | The following group of 5 photographs were taken after the catastrophic Teton River (Idaho) Dam failure that occurred on June 5, 1976. The earthen dam was 305 feet high and held back a 17 mile-long reservoir. The dam breach resulted in the worst man-made disaster in Idaho’s history.
 
Two small Idaho towns downstream from the Teton River Dam, Wilford and Sugar City, were wiped from the map in the flood by a 10 foot-high wall of water. Thousands of farm animals were drowned as were several people. The towns of Hibbard, Rexburg and Roberts were also largely flooded, as was Idaho Falls. In some places houses were under as much as 10 feet of water.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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  • Part A: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part B: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part C: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

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Nov 7, 2017 | 2017 has been a tumultuous year in health care in light of the repeated, failed attempts by Republicans to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare. This has caused uncertainty in insurance markets, paralyzed health care providers and negatively impacted some of our most vulnerable members in society who purchase coverage through the health insurance marketplaces or participate in the Medicaid program. 

Despite President Donald Trump's claims that we will have "great health care" and "take care of everyone," we are further away from those lofty aspirations than we were prior to his taking office.

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Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota?

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  • Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation
  • Related: Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear bills

Alan Muller, Airheads

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March 22, 2018 | Is Xcel really the worst?  It’s hard to say–there are so many candidates.  The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce?  3M?  The shadowy interests behind PolyMet and Twin Metals?

From where I write, in Red Wing, which is some sort of ultimate Xcel “company town,” there’s just no contest.  And for someone with a history of working on waste and energy issues, living in a community (nice as it is in many other ways) rendered so bereft of dignity and integrity by it’s servile relationship with Xcel can be painful.  (Of course, the locals don’t seen it that way–they are so used to being told what to do and what to think that they don’t notice.)

Info on Xcel’s latest foray is below, Senate File 3504 / House File 3708 (they are identical).

To see the abuses of Xcel on a larger playing field, one needs to visit the MN Public Utilities Commission and/or the state Legislature.  A puppet show on a different scale entirely.

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Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear billsAlan Muller, Airheads

  • What to do: Testify at the hearing if your schedule and the stability of your stomach allows.
  • March 27, 2018 | This is a follow-up to the March 22. 2018 post entitled  “Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota?” (above) and subtitled “Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation.”
  • A hearing on Senate File 3504 , was rescheduled for March 27th at 1:00, in Room 1150 Minnesota Senate Bldg.  Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee
  • If you would like to speak, contact Committee Administrator Darrin Lee at 651-293-2962 or darrin.lee@senate.mn.

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Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

Nov 7, 2017 | After a September visit to Florida to survey damage waged by Hurricane Irma, President Donald Trump was asked whether the storm, along with Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, had changed his views on climate change.

"We've had bigger storms than this," he told reporters on Air Force One. 

Since routinely stating on the campaign trail the false belief that climate change is a hoax devised by China, Trump has been mum in further elaborating those opinions. But the bevy of actions undertaken in his administration's first nine months has sent a clear signal of little intent to prioritize climate or other environmental concerns.

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