But Wait, There’s More!
Google “PolyMet mine MN” and you will find that approval is all but completed for a copper/nickel mine in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA.) This type of mining requires an enormous dam to allow water and toxic tailings to be contained. This would be built in Minnesota’s BWCA, much to our citizens’ consternation. Dams rupture (see Brazil.) Tailings pollute the land and find their way to Lake Superior (see Reserve Mining, asbestos tailings, Judge Miles Lord, etc.)
Why do we Minnesotans have to go through this again? Well, Money. Much of the northern part of our state relies on Mining, going back to the days of iron mining on the great Mesabi Range. Miners hold lots of political clout “up north.” So it’s Jobs, which both parties use for leverage, although the Repubs make the best promises so they usually get the vote.
The other main industry is Tourism. The lakes and forests of Northern Minnesota are beautiful. They are full of walleye, lake trout and other fish. Canoeing is very popular and lucrative (see Ely… pronounced Eee-Lee, and BWCA.) BTW you won’t see many speedboats nor jet-skis because of the huge boulders lurking just below the surface.
So basically, $$$ and greed trumps Beauty.