Posts Tagged ‘Ballot Measure 4’

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.

Vote Yes on #4 on August 26, 2008


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Today in the mail I received “The Alaska Mining Survey” from Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown.

We want to know what you think about these important issues and the future of Alaska’s tradition of responsible resource development. Please fill out the attached Alaska Mining Survey and return it today. Thank you.

Plain and simple. It’s about Ballot Measure 4 – Clean Water. Where do you stand?

Can you hear me now?

I can’t speak for everyone but I would venture to guess that those folks who support Ballot Measure 4 don’t oppose mining. I know I don’t. It’s about keeping our waters clean. In a nutshell…the risk is too great. The potential for disaster is there. Project Management 101 – You can’t eliminate risk; you can only manage and mitigate it.

What happens if you fail?

Just not worth it.

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