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Feb
11

Pebble Mine’s Reality Check (China)

I can by no means frame the contentious Pebble Mine debate any better than the article I am linking to in this post by Andrew Jensen @ The Alaska Journal of Commerce. Seriously take a few minutes to read it and consider the realities here. Whether the mining process moves forward or not based upon celebs, fishing industry, eviro’s and FFers input is, to me, frankly insignificant. The often ignored point is China. It is being ignored in our country’s current debt debate and financial crisis by many. China now owns us. China is one of the largest consumers of resources and will surpass us and India soon to consume the majority of natural resources. China will eventually own the majority interest in Pebble Mine. Yes. (China & Mining & Fishing) (China & Gold Production)

“So while China is snapping up mineral rights for essentials like copper and stockpiling its rare earth minerals — for which the U.S. is 100 percent dependent on imports — not developing Pebble may not be a luxury America can afford forever, according to Yale professor Oswald Schmitz.” (I say we won’t have a say because China will dictate the development for us)

So, with all the notable celebs and groups that have mounted anti Pebble attention why no substantive response from the Obama Administration. They (Dem’s) have held the power since 2006 (Congressional) and Executive since 2008. Why? The usual connect the media dots by such groups re all manner of fav issues is most often enough to result in legislation or executive orders for regulations to control most aspects of our life, especially in the last two years. Token BS about innovation for green this and that; wind turbines, solar…yadda yadda.  Why nothing substantive on Pebble Mine? The sense of urgency should be about our financial house of cards, our resources (managed or not) and China. Just a matter of time re the Pebble Mine holdings and China’s insertion into the mix. Then what?


9 Responses to “Pebble Mine’s Reality Check (China)”


  1. 1 Jason E.
    February 4, 2011 at 08:18

    So Switters are you saying the efforts by ‘FFers’ is of no value? I disagree. We must bring focus to the issues that affect our resources. It is important that we unite on these critical issues and bring attention to the problems. Don’t you agree?

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    • 2 SwittersB
      February 4, 2011 at 08:24

      Hello Jason,

      Meaningful attention which translates into action yes. Absolutely. At this point, it appears to me to be feel good rhetoric and symbolism. I also don’t believe a honest discussion is being held re the Pebble Mine issue. But, be that as it may, I do know it is worthy of discussion and honest review of facts beyond the realm of maybe’s and mights. It is also worthy of our Federal Govt. responding in a meaningful matter about the permitting/review process at least. Suspiciously quiet. For the record I am leery of the Pebble Mine as well, but I detest the fervor of many be it Pebble or Climate Change etc that pays little heed to facts and only to cherry picked pap that supports desired outcomes. I am suspicious of bigger agendas that have nothing to do with fish or habitat. I am suspicious of my peers that robotically follow along without question. Scares me….Thank you for your comment.

      SB

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  2. 3 Averill
    February 3, 2011 at 13:27

    You are an idiot! The world is collapsing into chaos and all about you there are obvious warning signs. You blather on about China. We are the culprits, the rapists, the abusers of the Earth. You display no signs of understanding about your responsibilities to the planet. People like you are the ignorant cause of all our problems. You must be taught to accept the truths. You are ridiculous and a danger to all sane citizens of the world!

    Averill of the Women’s Earth Alliance

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    • 4 SwittersB
      February 3, 2011 at 13:31

      But, Averill you didn’t say anything about the Pebble Mine issue. Can re-education camps be far behind. Good thing you don’t own a gun. Or maybe you do? Peace baby!

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  3. 5 Amy R.
    February 3, 2011 at 07:49

    I agree with you with regard to why no action or even serious comments beyond Salazar? The stars are as positively aligned as they ever will be (politically-philosophically) for a response. Nothing!? Maybe if that damn blowhard, phony Al Gore turned his attention and pathetic influence toward a ‘real’ issue like Pebble Mine something would be done? I pray your China concept is a non-event, or delayed. Oh, you are welcome to post photos of yourself with out fish anytime you so desire. Nice looking. Delete that part. 🙂

    Amy R.
    Concrete, Washington (land of the Skagit River!)

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    • 6 SwittersB
      February 3, 2011 at 08:12

      Ok, thank you for the thoughtful response. I have come to a worthy concept re my self absorbed posting of my picture: envision the rugged landscape above Bristol Bay and then look at my face. There! It works. Now no more about me…..the issue please.

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  4. 7 Lizzie
    February 3, 2011 at 04:37

    You certainly are full of yourself! How many pictures of you do you post? Geeze.

    Lizzie

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    • 8 SwittersB
      February 3, 2011 at 07:34

      Well now. Well, if you have any imagination, pretend I am holding a trophy trout; or, pretend I am a notable person; or, never subject yourself to such wanton arrogance again. Of course, beyond my amazing countenance, too bad you don’t possess the capacity to consider the issue at hand…Pebble Mine. Don’t get the newest issue of GQ, because I am in there as well. (nah…just joking)

      SB

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