When you point out that environmentalism leads to job losses, people like Joe Biden always talk about the great jobs people will get in the future once all our power is created by windmills, solar energy farms, and the gentle flapping wings of flying unicorns. Back in the real world, liberals kill real jobs for dubious reasons and send those workers to the unemployment line. You’ve heard ad nauseam about Joe Biden doing that to people working on the Keystone Pipeline, but now he’s doing the same thing to the Resolution Copper Project in Arizona.
Despite the fact that The Forest Service, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, had studied the project in detail and given approval to it on Jan 15, there’s an extreme environmentalist in the White House now and so all that is out the window. Joe Biden’s USDA announced they were pulling permission for the project and at a minimum, it would probably take “several months” to go forward and may even need Congressional approval. Of course, if we need Congress to approve individual mining sites, what good is the USDA? What is their excuse for making this move? Their release says:
The project is proposed on Oak Flat, a site sacred to numerous Federally Recognized Tribes in the Southwest. The Department is taking this step to provide an opportunity for the agency to conduct a thorough review based on significant input received from collaborators, partners, and the public since these documents were released. The recent Presidential Memorandum on tribal consultation and strengthening nation to nation relationships counsels in favor of ensuring the Forest Service has complied with the environmental, cultural, and archaeological analyses required. USDA has concluded that additional time is necessary to fully understand concerns raised by Tribes and the public and the project’s impacts to these important resources and ensure the agency’s compliance with federal law.
Translation: Since Joe Biden was elected, a bunch of environmentalists demanded that he shut down the mine and he agreed. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Arizona’s Republican Governor David Ducey is, as you’d imagine, not happy about the jobs his state is losing because of Biden’s environmental extremism.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced it has directed the U.S. Forest Service to rescind critical federal documents needed to move forward with the Resolution Copper Project, a mine that will be located near Superior, Arizona and is projected to create about 1,450 jobs and generate about $149 million annually in total employee compensation. Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement in response to the setback on the project:
“I am extremely disappointed in the Administration’s decision to cease progress on Arizona’s Resolution Copper project, which is set to grow jobs and is estimated to create a direct and indirect economic impact of more than $1 billion to Arizona’s economy every year.
“An effective and predictable regulatory environment is a critical factor in Arizona’s booming economy. In Arizona, we follow what works. Undoing lengthy, comprehensive, and already-completed federal environmental studies on a whim with the changing of federal administrations doesn’t work.
Of course, it doesn’t work. But, the government doesn’t care about logic, jobs, or Republican states in Joe Biden’s America.
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