To the Editor:
Tom Tiffany’s comments last week are to be expected from a paid shill for the mining industry. Gogebic Taconite paid him $75,000 to take “legislation” written by G-Tac’s lawyers and submit it on the senate floor. He is bought and paid for. What Tiffany calls “natural resource utilization” is really the rape of the natural world and destruction for profit.
Few people will profit from this destruction and it will leave a toxic mess for those of us who live here. G-Tac wants money and can get it from the destruction of a large swath of the Northwoods. The fact that this money grab will poison the ground water, release airborne particles including asbestos, and leave open ponds of toxic sludge is irrelevant. G-Tac will not be here to drink the water or breathe the air.
Our Northwoods, lakes, rivers and streams have a high value because they are what they are; beautiful natural areas. Allowing greed to rip them apart is irrational. People a lot smarter than Tiffany put these ordinances and restrictions in place to save our drastically shrinking wilderness areas.
There would be jobs created through this greed-driven destruction. Lumber companies could clear the forest, creating the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Stump Farm. In 50 to 70 years they could do it again. G-Tac could hire workers to rip open the Northwoods creating the Greater Penokee Sludge Pond. More likely, G-Tac will bring in their own crews, as they have in the past, and offer few jobs to locals.
There is another grain of truth in Tiffany’s statements: “...We can do it in an environmentally safe manner.” This is possible to a certain extent, but it will not happen. It never happens. The greedy out-of-state corporations are ready and willing to pay the fines for noncompliance and environmental destruction. These fines are tiny compared to the cost of redevelopment and reclamation in a “safe manner.” These profit-driven corporations simply ignore regulations, pay the fines, and move on, leaving devastation in their wake. As long as there is profit, corporate America does not care what it destroys or who is poisoned.
Obviously, Tiffany wants this to happen. He has proven himself to be corrupt and irresponsible. His election was a terrible mistake that must be remedied as soon as possible.