Mark it on your calendars folks. That is a big day for salmon, clean water, and the people of Alaska. If you care, stand up and show your support. It’s that simple…VOTE!
My good friend Tuber wrote a great piece on Pebble and if you haven’t read it…go do it now – Pebble Problem.
I’ve gone back several times and reread Ballot Measure No. 4. It is clear to me that the Clean Water Initiative is about keeping pollutants, acids, and toxins from getting into the water . It isn’t about shutting down all mines. It’s about shutting down those that dirty up the water.
So what’s wrong with that?
People who oppose the Clean Water Initiative will argue that the poorly worded initiative threatens mining jobs in Alaska. They should stop and think about the other side of the coin. What about those jobs that rely on the salmon? The reality is that the ballot measure will not shut down mining in Alaska – now or in the future. It just asks for a higher standard. When Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown were asked for specifics in a recent forum they couldn’t come up with a single example of how Ballot Measure No. 4 would shut down mining in Alaska.
For me, the argument about lost jobs isn’t that critical on whether I support the initiative or not. Jobs are important no matter which side of the coin you are on.
What is more important to me is the affect the Pebble Mine will have on the landscape of the Bristol Bay region and the ripple effect it will have on the ecosystem there. No matter how one approaches the issue, a giant hole in the ground where there once wasn’t one and blocking streams that once flowed free, can’t have a positive impact on the environment.