Why I Support the Rosemont Copper Open-Pit Mine, by Tex Shelters

In Current Events, Economics on January 16, 2012 at 19:40

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It was exciting to see so many people at the the Forest Service meeting for the Rosemont open-pit mine in Sahuarita on Saturday, January 14th. I was also happy to see all support for the 1% by the proletariat.

I support the open-pit mine because I support America. Thus I support Korean company Kores and Canadian consortium Augusta who will be extracting ore and profit from us. Furthermore, Rosemont will be able to ship the copper anywhere, like China, after it’s out of the ground. Yea America!

The quaint America first taint of the comments in the Sahuarita public school is so heart warming in a time of globalization, global capital and free markets that demand corporations sell to the highest bidder. And all that love we received was overwhelming after our corporations sent so many jobs overseas, closed plants and have fought public spending on roads, schools, water treatment and so forth. Frankly, us millionaires are against lavish spending to pay for teachers, fill potholes or make bridges safe.

The open-pit mine is the best kind because they are fast and complete. You don’t miss the opportunity for maximum tailings when you dig a big, mile-wide hole. Moreover, I love the smell of tailings in the morning.

Besides the mile-wide hole to behold, there are other reasons I support the mine.

I am for the Rosemont open-pit mine because I hate birds. Who cares about bio-diversity and animals? Humans are the only animals that matter. And those bird watchers are dirty hippies that need to get a job! Or is that Occupy Tucson? Whatever the case, only Marxists put birds before open-pit mines and profit.

As bad as the bird-watchers are, there are the astronomers who are demanding that we keep the lights down. Like all liberals, astronomers are hypocrites. They get to have their science but they want to prevent Rosemont from using their mining science. So what if a little light leaks into the sky? I hate the stars too!

And all the “sky is falling” chicken little environmentalists need to shut up about water quality and look at the facts. Nothing went wrong with BP and Exxon who protected the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. They followed the law completely, and so does Rosemont Copper and nothing will go wrong here either. Rosemont Copper has promised us, and corporations always follow through on their promises. Just ask the fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico.

Rosemont promises 500 jobs for 20 years in the mines. Some pessimists (liberals!) want to know what happens if the price of copper collapses. Don’t worry about us. We can just close the mine and take it as a write off.

I am in favor of the Rosemont Copper open-pit mine because despite the incomplete environmental impact draft study by the U.S. Forest Service, I am sure that we can trust corporations to do what is best for the people in the region. We need to start chopping into that mountain while the getting is good and before people realize there are better, cleaner ways to mine than using an open pit and there are other ways to create those 500 jobs Rosemont swears will be here for 20 years.

Besides, making millionaires money without risk to us is the best reason to support the open-pit mine. I can also support the Rosemont open-pit mine because I don’t live in area and I won’t have to look at it, drink the water or smell the air. I will only have to look at the wonderful cash I will make from my investment. And thanks again to all those at the meeting for supporting the billionaires’ mine.

Tex Shelters

  1. After all, Rosemont is simply doing reclamation of the land. This means that the land was theirs all along. Rosemont is just reclaiming, redirecting usage. The real problem so far is that certain members of the public are not taking this the way the friendly Rosemont reclaimers need them to take it or understanding it the way the caring folks at Rosemont insist it must be understood. Sometimes, the wrong questions are asked. If if everyone just does it Rosemont Copper’s way, everything will be fine. So, whiners and do-gooders, just shut up.

  2. IDK Tex, we all like the copper pipes that bring water into our homes, copper wires that bring electricity into our homes. the copper wire in our vehicles that keep us on the move. What would you prefer us to do? Carve up the land into caves for shelter so we could become the newest version of Cave Men? With 6 billion people on the planet living as cave men I could see our forest’s decimated and our wildlife as well through us keeping warm and fed. BTW, I’ve seen pics of copper mines before and they don’t look like the pic you have posted, they look more like the limestone quarry down the highway from me.

    • Yes, those are some of the arguments I heard at the meeting. First, finish the damn report so we can trust it’s analysis. It’s not even finish. Then, set up a recycling program for copper that will make this mine unnecessary in the near future. It’s not like the copper is going anywhere. Then, analyze the current needs in the world. Use the land for other making purposes. Also, we don’t need an open-pit mine. That’s for the corporations to extract and take the money a way. A mine shaft and slow extraction will work just as well over time, but that might mean copper for the people, not the Chinese or corporations in the long run.

      I am not against copper, the uses, or mining. But I am against this mine and this report right now.

      By the way, the picture I posted was the copper mine is Bisbee, Arizona, and it was a copper mine in the past.



      • Recycle Copper? Novel Idea. I believe we already have a pretty robust copper recycling program, copper prices are pretty high, if it weren’t the abandoned houses would still have their pipes and wiring in them. The copper pipes, copper wiring and aluminum siding are the first things to be stolen from empty houses in Gary, IN. Traditional mining? Maybe but it is less efficient and more dangerous to the worker. OSHA may decide to throw a fit not to mention the insurance companies. I watch the lean forward adds on MSNBC and just shake my head, you have Rachel Maddow standing in front of a bridge saying Governments build this but today Government just stands in the way of the bridge being built with all the regulations. Hoover Dam would never be built today, so you most likely wouldn’t even be able to settle in the Phoenix, AZ area. not in the numbers that are there now anyways. If we’re not building and manufacturing Tex, we are failing as a Nation.

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