Is anyone up for a bit of raping and pillaging? It seems so, because that’s what is being planned for northern Wisconsin with the go ahead for a four-mile open pit iron ore mine. Can you picture I — a four-mile open pit mine? No?
Maybe that’s because we like to think of “up north” as rural, green and beautiful. Indeed, that is quite likely why many people choose to live there. I am not one to beat drums, or throw my opinions much. But I must because this plan is giving me bad dreams, literally.
I do vote, but that won’t save this state from this lousy plan. And this state did vote this governor in twice.
Why he scheduled hearings on this mining issue in Madison with little notice for locals that will have to live with his mess is questionable. His defense is he wants to bring jobs to an area that needs them.
Don’t people live in these beautiful, rural areas because they like the isolation and beauty? Wouldn’t any town love to have jobs brought to them? Ah, but not every area is sitting on a deposit of iron ore.
It seems unbelievable to me that we have a president, scientists and other world leaders that see the danger in global warming. We fund groups that protest the felling of the rain forests, environmental abuses in China, illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn, even support free trade coffee. But here in our own state, people just seem to pass on the tragic reality of a four-mile stretch of open pit mine. Does no one recall the uproar about the coal companies cutting off mountain tops and polluting waters in Appalachia?
Wisconsinites will sign away the existence of a pristine area of land, and allow the small lakes, ponds, and streams to be filled with the garbage rock removed.
Never mind that waterways feed into larger bodies of water. Never mind the lessons taught about how difficult it is clean up these messes. You cannot restore pristine. If we need low grade iron ore so badly, why not support recycling programs?
I don’t have the answers. I do know that the human animal is a young, arrogant and ignorant species. I feel that I am unfortunate enough to live at a time when this ignorance will undoubtedly cause the extinction of many ways of life and beings, before those ignorant, arrogant people in charge, and with the most money will themselves become extinct.