Since your blog occasionally covers environmental and energy issues, I thought your readership might appreciate some insight on Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar’s decision to impose a 20-year mining ban in a million-acre buffer area around Grand Canyon National park from this week.
American Resources Policy Network’s (the organization for which I serve as research director and blogger) principal Dan McGroarty just wrote a column for RealClearWorld.com on the ban, the implications of which stretch beyond what the media is reporting.
Ostensibly put in place over water quality concerns associated with proposed uranium mining, the ban not only needlessly caters to environmentalists, as there is little evidence to support these claims; the decision amounts to what Dan McGroarty calls “a case of unilateral nuclear disarmament, applied to the energy sector.” Given that it would also fence off a number of other minerals on which we’re highly import-dependent as a nation, the ban stands to threaten our strategic and economic future.
Please help us spread the world on the dire consequences of the ban by sharing this with your readers. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Director of Research & Staff Blogger
American Resources Policy Network