Duluth News Tribune
…We at the Center of the American Experiment have produced our forthcoming report, “Unearthing Prosperity.” In it, we estimate the potential boost to Minnesota’s gross domestic product from proposed copper and possible titanium mining. We estimate that developing these resources would increase the state’s GDP by $3.7 billion annually. That’s the economic equivalent of hosting 10 Super Bowls every year. This would support approximately 8,500 jobs with total wages of $635 million. And this would add approximately $198 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.
Nobody wants to see the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness damaged, but, as our report explains, it is possible to carry out these proposed operations in an environmentally responsible manner. Modern mines, like the proposed copper-nickel mining in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range mining district, are designed, built, operated, and eventually closed using effective and proven environmental safeguards that provide comprehensive protection for all elements of the environment. Minnesota’s environmental regulations establish and enforce stringent environmental protection criteria and monitoring requirements for all Minnesota industries. Mining is no exception.