Jom, I hope you're trying to be funny.
Jom, if you are so dead-set against mining, I would invite you to stop using any products that are mined, or produced with mined materials. This part of Southern Arizona has been heavily mined for generations because this is where the copper is. Would you rather have it produced in third-world countries with no environmental controls at all, or would you like to see it produced in the USA, where it can help balance our tremendous trade deficit?
That isn't a bad painting, but the article is wrong. Not all propaganda is wrong, or evil, or bad. Propaganda is simply choosing to express one side of an argument. The Rosemont detractors have a voice, and so does Rosemont. The United States during WWII also created propaganda, and continues to do so. By the author's definition, all advertising is propaganda. I'll give this one a big yawn.
Wineries are a drop in the bucket. How many people does the average winery employ? How many people do all of the wineries in Arizona employ? How many people work in the mining industry in this area? There's no comparison. I suppose that the wineries magically get water from nowhere, too.
The tourism is argument is a red herring. Green Valley is a "tourist" destination, yet it is backed up against 3 mines! According to you, one mine will stop all tourism, but it hasn't hurt Green Valley.
Here's an economics lesson for you all. When a commodity price is going up, that's because that commodity is in demand. The first thing that happens is the producers of that commodity max out production to maximize profits. If the prices continues to rise, that indicates that more production capacity is needed, or someone is going to do without that commodity. So, to those of you against opening new mines, are you willing to do without copper? Are you willing to go without steel? No. But you continue to stand in the way of producing the goods that you consume. That's not fair. It means someone else does without.
I'm a proud Rosemont supporter. I haven't been duped into anything. I'm not uneducated, I have a bachelor's degree. I have no intentions of, or aspirations to, work for Rosemont. If you want to discuss one-sided, just read this article.
Most of the people opposed to the Rosemont project are just NIMBY's (not in my back yard). People want copper, fossil fuels, and all the benefits of modern life, but don't want to admit that mining provides the things they use every day. The opposition to the Rosemont mine consists mainly of pseudo-intellectual wannabe environmentalists, who want everyone else to lower their standard of living, but are unwilling to make any real changes in their own lives.
I spoke with a supporter of the "Save the Scenic Santa Ritas" movement in Sahuarita. They had a booth set up at Anamax Park (built by a copper mining company, I might add). This representative told me that they don't oppose copper mining, they just want it done in third-world countries insteaad of anywhere in Arizona. Apparently its better to mine with no environmental oversight at all than a responsible project like Rosemont. As long as its out-of-sight, its fine.
People opposed to the mine often bring up water. I expect these same opponents to start picketing any construction in the area, as more houses means more domestic water use.
The Rosemont plan is good. It will provide jobs in the Tucson area. Rosemont will help property values. Rosemont will pay state and local taxes.
Arizona is known as the "Copper State" and has a long history of mining. There are three active copper mines within 40 miles of the proposed project. The town of Sahuarita was originally platted to provide housing for miners, and it was on mine land! We need mines, and we need well-planned projects like Rosemont.
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