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.
Citizens League Voice
The economic potential of copper-nickel mining is well studied. According to a 2012 study by the University of Minnesota–Duluth’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics, for every job in the copper-nickel mining industry, two additional jobs will be created in other industries, like manufacturing, retail, and hospitality.
Not only is the quantity of jobs generated from mining impressive, but so are the quality of those jobs. These are high-paying jobs that sustain families, offer benefits, ensure a secure retirement, and put kids through college. The average wage for a mining job in the United States in 2016 was just shy of $74,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure is 38 percent higher than the average wage for all other industries. In Minnesota, the earnings potential for a mining job is even higher—over $77,000 in 2016 or 41 percent higher than the average annual wage for all other industries.
Citizen’s League Voice
Keep in mind, copper and nickel production, when thoughtfully pursued, can be as safe as it is successful.
What’s more, we cannot ignore the fact that mining is essential to our nation’s desire for alternative sources of energy. We need these metals if we want a green economy. The largest wind turbines require four tons of copper, and electric vehicles can have as much as twice the amounts of copper and nickel as a regular automobile.
St. Paul, Minn. (July 24, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response the omission of the land exchange provision in the final bill for the National Defense Authorization Act:
“The news that the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act coming out of conference committee does not include the PolyMet land exchange provision is disappointing. That said, there has been great enthusiasm across party lines for the provision and we’re thankful to our leaders, including Senators Smith and Klobuchar and Congressmen Nolan and Emmer, for their support and full recognition to date of the land exchange’s merits. We’ve worked continuously together, and we know how committed they have been to getting it done and that our delegation remains resolved to continue their efforts. Supporters of economic development in our state through responsible copper-nickel mining are resilient and remain hopeful that there will soon be full congressional affirmation of the U.S. Forest Service’s past decision on the land exchange.”
About Jobs for Minnesotans
|Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit jobsforminnesotans.org, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on Facebook.com/Jobs4MN.
Media Contact: Nancy Norr, Chair
Mesabi Daily News
Steve Giorgi, Nancy Norr and Frank Ongaro
We thank the President for his strong words and promise to support mining. Now, let’s not wait another 500 days – or even 100 days – to see the withdrawal proposal formally rescinded by the U.S. Forest Service. We are counting the days until federal agencies officially rescind this needless proposal in favor of supporting a fair process.