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Trump sides with jobs for Deplorables – EcoCrazies predictably enraged

The Trump Administration delivered a victory for the Deplorables who work the mines in northeastern Minnesota on Friday.

The Twin Cities leading fishwrap broke the news:

The Trump administration is scaling back an environmental review of mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, infuriating environmentalists but delighting Iron Range communities eager for new jobs.

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The agency is rolling back a detailed scientific study the Obama administration ordered last January, when it raised the idea of banning mining operations from 230,000 acres of northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest.

The proposal, and the two-year study attached to it, outraged many Iron Range residents who saw copper-nickel mining as a potential lifeline for a region hit hard by a long-running slump in steel and taconite mining.

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Mining proponents say the people who live and work near the BWCA have a vested interest in ensuring that mining operations will be safe and will not damage the region’s beauty or its value as a tourist draw.

Environmentalists, however, were aghast at the idea of greenlighting more sulfide-ore mining in the watershed of a federally protected wilderness without a detailed scientific review.

Trump’s order is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the Twin Cities EcoCrazies and Arrowhead region mining communities.

The EcoCrazies are of a mind that The Local Deplorable’s who support mining are drunken, low IQ idiots who will stupidly foul their own nest just to make a living and support their families with high-paying union wage jobs.

The EcoCrazies condescension toward the Iron Range mining workforce was on full display last fall:

“They want somebody to just give them a job so they can all drink beer with their buddies and go four-wheeling and snowmobiling with their buddies, not have to think about anything except punching a clock.”

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The last thing DFL Chair Ken Martin needed was this: a story in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine that exploded already simmering tensions between two key groups in the DFL coalition — environmentalists and miners on the Iron Range.

The StarTribune’s story brought out a full range of opinion from it’s core readers in the Twin Cities.  A typical comment:

Minnesota is under attack.  Minnesotans must defend themselves by any means necessary including violence.  Clean water demands any means necessary.

Iron Range miners insist they have been Good Stewards of The Land for generations and that the EcoCrazies simply want to turn the area into an even more elite playground for wealthy Twin Cities residents thereby further depressing an already economically struggling region.

Mining proponents say the people who live and work near the BWCA have a vested interest in ensuring that mining operations will be safe and will not damage the region’s beauty or its value as a tourist draw.

Another comment from the Strib’s article encapsulates the divide:

This is absurd! These folks on the range should be able to earn a living to feed their families selling chocolate and coffee to tourists from Edina on the weekends.

The dispute over the future of mining, long the bread & butter of the Arrowhead economy allowed Trump to make inroads in a solidly blue DFL stronghold in 2016 where he Shocked the World by carrying Hibbing, the Iron Range’s largest city.

The DFL can ill-afford to lose it’s once rock solid Blue Base that sits atop The Red Iron Ore.

If the EcoCrazies continue their march to alienate rural Minnesota the DFL will mirror the national party representing but a few blue urban islands in an otherwise statewide sea of red.

 

 

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