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A Dash of Pepper

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The regulation nation:

Mules must be fed certified weed free hay


The Gazette Staff

When the Soviet Union fell, the former members of the various Communist parties found a new niche within the world-wide "green" movement in the mid 1990s. Now they have pretty much taken it over and turned what was a conservation movement into an anti-capitalist body reflecting all the old socialist beliefs. The green movement has been likened to a watermelon – green on the outside and red on the inside!

Many members of the Obama administration are ardent supporters of the greenies. This especially applies to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That agency has been very busy putting out thousands of new regulatory rules which are stifling industry.

It is now at the point of insanity. Let's look at just one example – that of the mining industry. In Nevada, they have an industry that is ready to open up mines and create jobs with an average salary of $80,000. However, according to a recent report from Townhall.com, we unfortunately also have a government that takes up to 10 years to permit a mine.

In 1900 silver and gold were found in Tonopah, Nevada. Within weeks of the discovery, digging began and a mine was fully operational within a year. In 1900 dollars, the mine brought in $125 million. Today, that would be multi-billions. The Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859. During the mine's six-year life, $50 million worth of ore was extracted. If either of these mines were burdened with today's regulatory environment, it would have 10 years to get into business, if, in fact, they ever got into operation at all.

The Nevada Mining Association states there are hundreds of jobs available and skills from the hard hit construction industry are transferable to mining.

Around the country, companies are looking to mine copper, plus rare earths and lithium which are essential for cell phones, batteries, computers plus wind turbines and solar panels.

New real wealth could be quickly created if only mining was encouraged. Often frivolous environmental litigation cuts off these vital resources. The so-called "roadless rule" blocks mining on U.S. public land. For example, an Australian company wanted to develop tungsten deposits found in Montana's Finley Basin.

The property was successfully drilled in the 1907s but now it is about 200 yards inside a roadless "study area." The National Forest Service is willing to offer a conditional drilling permit. However, it includes these requirements:

The drill sites must be cleared using hand tools. The drilling equipment and fuel must be transported to the site by a team of pack mules. The mules must be fed only certified weed-free hay, and, the drill site and trail reclamation must be done using only hand tools.

You may be wondering how America can possibly remain competitive in the global marketplace when we are required by our own government to return to the 19

th century, using pick axes and mules. We desperately need these resources from our land. If we don't utilize our own resources, we will have to buy raw materials from abroad, when we actually have sufficient to export a portion of ours. Countries such as China are working to control the market in these materials.

The EPA is paralyzing our mining and energy industries in total at the cost of many thousands of good jobs and many billions in revenues. The "green" people don't care – in fact they like this state of affairs.

But if we want to create new wealth, cheaper energy and real jobs, we must break the strangle hold of federal red tape. If we can do that, the surge of new employment will be almost immediate.



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