To the editor:
This is in response to Dr. Thomas Power's Report The Economic Impacts of Renewed Copper Mining in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
You are wrong about money leaking out of the local economy. You assume all of the workers are mysteriously driving in from "out of town."
Where is that exactly? The middle of the forest? On top of a rock-pile? Lake Superior?
You do realize any workers that work here will stay here, right?
You are wrong about the environmental impact. Mines live under the microscope of this thing called the EPA. As much as I hate the EPA, they'll make sure the Keweenaw doesn't become an open pit mine.
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You are wrong about nurturing technology firms. Isn't this what the ENTIRE west coast of the United States is already doing?
These are services. They don't create anything. Services rely on manufactured products. You can't mow a lawn without a lawn mower.
If everyone became a "high tech firm," nothing would get done. Who do these "high tech firms" serve?
Companies that produce things, like GM, Lubrizol, or Consol Energy. We here in the Western U.P. have all the "treasures", which you so snidely address, so why wouldn't we mine them? Don't plant a cherry tree in the desert.
Your are wrong on the conclusion that we need to rely on tourism.
I grew up in a tourist town, and any sort of reliance on this industry is dangerous.
Not surprisingly, your article failed to mention anything regarding how people actually GET to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Gas fluctuates more randomly than a squirrel's attention span. How is this in any way reliable?
Lastly, you are wrong on considering mining a "threat." How is disqualifying an entire industry that will bring jobs, money and skills to the region, as you say in your own words, a 'complete' economy? Tell that to the natural gas industry.
Or the coal industry. Or the oil industry. Industries that 'threatened' farming, logging, and health-care.
You'll be laughed right out of town. You make it seem like mining has been chugging along here for the last 45 years.
Actually, our dependence on mining vanished 45 years ago, and if you had any sort of knowledge into how diversification works, you should be welcoming it's revival with open arms, not kicking it into the dirt.