Pleased to enlighten you. First, let me note that I have worked in the natural resource industry on a World-wide basis for more than 50 years and I continue to serve as a consultant to companies developing mines in Africa, two South America countries as well as the construction of a gas pipeline in Peru. Currently, I am in Antofagasta, Chile as a part of a project review team. I know the business and the challenges faced in many countries. Now to the answers for your questions:
1). World demand for copper is growing exponentially. After iron, copper is the most important metal in construction and the lifting of living standards. Some of the most populous nations are earth are on the road to higher living standards. Thus, huge amounts of copper will be needed. In any event, the predictions of running out of this vital metal come from outside of the industry by those who see the increase in World population as a threat. Copper deposits are not scarce on a World basis; what are scarce are political environments where they can be reasonably developed. Politically, the US is a high risk country for any natural resource development.
Why should we open more mines, you ask, well the true wealth of any nation is in the basic industries. Far more than just jobs flow from new mines, but the enhancement of local and regional infrastructure as well. The add-value jobs of refining and fabrication of tubing, sheeting, etc. are vital to our economic structure and when done in America by American labour with domestically produced materials, the multiplier effect of additional jobs is enormous.
The more domestically produced copper/iron/manganese etc., the better for the whole country. Open more mines – ABSOLUTLY.
2). The manner in which the US laws are arbitrarily applied is a job killer. The recent EPA over reach on coal and the hugely expensive delays on the Keystone Pipeline are excellent examples. In Chile, from discovery to operation, a large open-pit copper mine will require seven to ten years. Here in the US, because of the flexible way the EPA and or other agencies may apply a seemingly simple rule can and does add tens of years to the time required to receive the construction permits. The costs associated with this type of useless delay kills projects and this a strategy commonly employed by the anti-American Sierra Club/Green Peace types. It is now being employed against the Rosemont and Resolution copper projects in Arizona.
3).Most of the answer to this question is in the above, but the last 30 years include eight years of Bill Clinton as well as overcoming the difficulties of the endless law suits against any project in the liberal courts filled with Johnson and Carter appointees at the request of such as the Sierra Club and Green Peace. This coupled with the treasonous withdrawal of huge tracts of public lands - rich in coal/oil/gas/minerals – from development by the loonies in the White House. In truth, the first president Bush was not truly a conservative and his son had too many Democrats in congress to do what was truly needed to re-vitalize American industry - the same Democrats that brought us the 2007/2008 recession with their "fair housing" lunacy.
Vote conservative and bring back America.
in theory, the guy that said "don't like the pay, go somewhere else..." is correct....in practice not only is that garbage, but it's just mean. the problem is, everyone else it's playing the same game, and education is a great way out of this if you are fortunate enough to find a way to pay for it. I have given up on McDonald's and reuse to darken their doors. that is a great choice.
As a UA alumnae, I cast my vote against the desecration of Bear Down Gym. During my college days, I always thought Centennial Hall was such a sad place when all it did was hold lectures instead of being the entertainment spot it was. I was greatly pleased when it was renovated and turned into the facility it is today. So it makes no sense to turn Bear Down into office space. The last time I was in there was for a homecoming alumni dinner and we loved being in there for that. It seemed so right! It would be so sad to see Bear Down brought down to the ranks of office space. C'mon, surely there's another solution.
Hello... Get a television with parental control.. In fact just don't watch it. The local news in any community is far worse than a tv show. Teach your kids not to hate, do drugs, smoke, and respect them selfs. That's a start..
A few questions for Bisbee Boy:
1. If there are so many copper mines already open around the world, why the dire predictions of running out of the metal from the industry? And why, other than jobs, should we open another one here if your assertion about copper mines is correct?
2. If these worldwide mines are similar in wage and environmental laws, then why does the industry complain so vociferously about US laws, citing them as the reason they have been unable to open a mine here?
3. If conservatives are so pro-business, how is it that, according to you, virtually no mineral resources are being developed here when conservatives have run this nation for over 30 years?
Explain these paradoxes to us, sir. But do yourself and the world a favor and remove the partisan blinders first.
Since things need to be repeated, I'll reciprocate: I said it might have happened that way (i.e. the possibility exists), not that it did. And I'm sure an article sold in the Hotel Congress lobby is a hard-hitting piece of journalism worthy of a Pulitzer in and of itself and in no way resembles a puff piece. Since, however, you were likely alive at the time of the incident, I'll grant you the benefit of the doubt.
As a kid my friends and I would sneak into Bear Down to play basketball and see who could go the farthest on the rope hanging from the ceiling. As an incoming Freshman, I remember going through "Drop-Add" Day on the gym's floor, waiting patiently to collect/drop off IBM computer cards for those classes offered. The scent was often stale and sometimes downright unbearable, but that's what made it a part of Tucson. Let's hope someone will come with an idea to keep Bear Down Bear Down.
Regina Romero is another twit that caters to special interest groups who break the law, rather that what is good for the city as a whole. This city is also one of the poorest cities of its size in the U.S. That shows that our City Council are inept and negligent for this failure.
As usual, Jim did a fine job as moderator and the topics were timely. Ann-Eve Pedersen made it clear, once again, that the Arizona Education Network (union) is an operative arm of the Democratic Party. Small wonder the state's education is in shambles with her and others like her in the game.
Both Jorgensen and Pedersen were quick to write the epitaph of the Rosemont Mine. This complies with orders from our dictator in chief - Obama - to stop any opportunity for economic recovery. Ann-Eve is truly uneducated in what makes economies work and where the funding for her liberal union comes from. She is an embarrassment to the profession.
You can say this show is not for children, and that's fine----so STOP showing the commercials at 1p.m. on SATURDAY afternoon when kids are at home!!! I'm sick of this crap being shoved down my throat just because a small population of people think it's funny. If you are a person who thinks this type of "humor" is OK, then you need to rethink either your moral code or your IQ. Next time a teen or young adult turns up on the news having done some unspeakable act- just remember this culture of debauchery we endorse. If we don't speak up- it's endorsement! SHAME ON FX!!!!
You mean Don Jorgensen?
Per the driver manual, I was correct to proceed through the intersection...I explained it to TPD. The refused to dismiss the charge.
I haven't been able to afford the fine...and the traffic classes. TPD threatened to arrest me...I responded: "OK...tell me where to be and when (because, until I can pay the fine, I can't pay the fine)." They have yet to come and take me to jail...
I avoid ALL businesses near these cameras...AND encourage others to do so.
I haven't driven a car in the state of Arizona since...
Just so you know, the D-II and III championships are set for Friday, the 29th...not Saturday, the 30th. And if you had not seen it, fields were completely covered in water and no way fans could get into the stands in some venues because of the flooding, as posted on AZCentral.com. In addition, the AIA works to get venues schedule for neutral sites with what is available...if turf fields were available, sure, would schedule...but so many factors including staffing of the games, seating for the expected crowds, etc. This is no way is a streaming decision, as you try to put it. Get your facts right. And as a writer for whatever you call this online paper, watch your language. UofA is unavailable Saturday due to no staff on site as they will be up at the ASU/UofA game. Could the games be moved to a later date? Still possible as Harold discussed on the ArizonaSportsPreps365 Radio Show this morning. Hopefully, we will be able to say one way or another by COB Monday.
What part of Bear Down GYM do you not understand, you bureaucratic microbe. Now is the time for all alumni to raise holy hell.
^^ thanks shill.
Even if McCain is right, at least for a couple of years the senate can legislate. PS. Tell McCain that people won't vote for an 80 year old.
Great article! I enjoyed the history. Got to build new facilities to entice all those out-of-staters paying full tuition...
Amazing, the article has been rewritten! I wonder why. Funny how things can change.
To all who choose to look, for the last 10 or so years, the Chinese Government has been buying natural resources around the world with US dollars, in part to reduce their exposure to our overvalued dollar. Very clever and well considered, in my opinion, as they extract raw materials from their mines or oil fields throughout the world and sell much of the finished products to us as well as the rest of the world.
The jobs associated with refining the imported ores and the manufacturing of the goods stay in China. Once upon a time, this is what America did and it became great doing so. Now, because the anti-development, fantasy-prone Democrats force unreasonable rules and regulations on all we do (EPA; Obamacare, global warming, anyone), this is the past.
We, as a country, are destined to become a beggar society, because we let the liberals export the jobs we could have, in the false belief that they are saving the planet. The recent, absolutely crazy conference in Warsaw over the illusion of man-made climate change was one giant hug-fest for these weirdoes. Next, we, the taxpayers and consumers will be paying the bill for this stupidity because the Chinese will not foot the cash for the losers in DC.
Sadly, ChetDude is proof America has lost the war on drugs. How else could someone be so delusional?
I can assure you that many, many in central Africa, Indonesia and the Andean Highlands of South America are happy that ChetDude and his ilk think as they do, as they have good jobs mining copper. These are great jobs that we are exporting because of this type of illogical thinking.
Don’t think that the mining companies are in these developing countries because of lower wages or lax environmental laws, because neither is true. Wages are similar to the US in Peru, while in Chile they are higher than here and the environmental laws equally rigid and truly enforced. In central Africa, the wages are lower, but the productivity is so poor that more workers are needed to do the same job. No savings in that.
Wakeup Tucson; bring back mining and the many benefits associated with developing our mineral resources. Vote conservative in 2014 and throw the anti-development Democrats into the long unemployment lines they have so skillfully created.
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