Sorry, never thought Tucson was solely a tourism economy. I'm talking about the Santa Ritas, Madera Canyon, Sonoita, and the Coronado National Forest which is mandated for multiple use - if the Rosemont Mine goes ahead, there will only be one use as no cow can graze and no person would want to hike it.
If the Rosemont Copper deposit was found in 1961, why hasn't it been extracted yet ? My guess would be it was not economically or environmentally viable, still isn't. And again greed is being put before our environment that can't be fixed when chemicals are introduced that degrade our water. Water. Where are you going to truck that in from? 2000 jobs? Not all those jobs will exist and even fewer will be for 20 years. Numbers exaggerated, like the jobs the Keystone XL Pipeline is suppose to bring to Nebraska - bogus exaggeration, corporate and political rhetoric. Both proposed projects by foreign companies for their economic gain, both won't bring much beyond potential for environmental catastrophe for local citizens.
Rosemont is not one of those places David. That is why Rosemont is a historical mining district, not an active district. The local economy will be better served by the tourism the Santa Ritas attract than the short lived mine. In answer to your question where do we get the minerals to meet the needs of our society - we stop having a disposable society and recylcle that which has already been mined.
Casey - not every tree is a redwood or sequoia - mesquite and juniper are just as valuable and more so in the ecosystem of the Santa Ritas.
I am a Certified Forester that grew up in Sierra Vista, and visited the Santa Ritas for their uniqueness, including viewing rocks and minerals - minerals that should stay were they are, not be sorted out of the earth making a huge hole and slag piles that will irrevocably change the Santa Ritas all for the greed of a foreign company.
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