Washington Senator Maria Cantwell Interferes With Alaskan Environmental Affairs
|September 13, 2011||Posted by Beth Shaw under Mining|
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell writes on her website that she is leading efforts to make America more energy independent, yet in reality she has a history of standing in the way of American energy independence. Even though she represents Washington State, she is focusing her efforts on Alaskan resources. She says her constituents are asking her to take on the Pebble Mine Project. Therefore she needs to hear from those of us who really do want the United States to have energy independence.
Maria Cantwell is a life-long politician who was elected to her first Congressional term when she was just 28-years-old. She made millions of dollars selling stock options she had in RealNetworks, an internet streaming video company that was embroiled in scandal and settled lawsuits out of court for not disclosing that the company uses spyware to track the music listening habits of users.
She made her own millions and now appears to want to pull up the ladder so that other Americans can’t reach for the American Dream. She appears to be more interested in her own political fortunes as she approaches a re-election campaign than she is in the livelihoods of Alaskans who need jobs and the living standards of her fellow Americans who need copper for everyday appliances.
She’s had some success with blocking American energy independence in the past.
In 2005, Maria Cantwell managed to stop efforts to allow drilling in ANWAR by attaching the measure to a bill that provided for defense spending and aid for Hurricane Katrina victims. Now she is once again set to do whatever she can to stop American energy independence by petitioning the EPA to do anything the agency can to stop the Pebble Mine Project. Or perhaps this is a foray into Al Gore’s ‘full-on assault on climate skeptics’.
Environmental activists and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have long used regulations to prevent the Pebble Mine Project from even being able to begin the permitting process. They also use environmental study as the standard operating procedure to delay extraction of resources as part of their anti-American resource agenda. The state-of-the-art Pebble Mine Project has spent three years and $120 million performing exhaustive environmental reviews, the most in U.S. history, to ensure the project will have a minimal impact on the environment while extracting the precious resources we depend on in our society.
Now that the EPA has finally started a scientific analysis of the Pebble Mine Project and promised to have their results available in the fall, Senator Maria Cantwell has announced she will send a letter to the EPA asking the agency to stop the project altogether.
In other words, environmental activists seem to fear science and truth, trying to preempt the environmental process of a robust study they claim to embrace. Their opposition seems to be based on an emotional investment in their cause rather than on scientific fact and what is in the best interest of our country.
Senator Maria Cantwell is petitioning the EPA to use the Clean Water Act if necessary to stop the copper mine. If she is successful in her bid to stop Pebble Mine, then we will not be able to harvest one of the largest deposits of gold and copper in the world and will continue to be dependent on China for 97% of the copper we use in the U.S. That copper is used make the cell phones, computers and fossil fuel cars the environmentalists depend on to plan their protests. Do they even see the irony in that?
Please help us stop Maria Cantwell from succeeding in this misguided, job-killing and economy depressing venture to prevent the Pebble Mine Project from moving forward and condemning the United States to continuing to have to buy copper from China.
Please sign our Twitter petition at http://act.ly/486. If you tweet about this, please use the hash tag #GivePebbleAChance.
Contact Senator Maria Cantwell and tell her we want America to have energy independence:
Via email from her website: http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/
Her office locations with fax and telephone numbers:
State Offices Toll-free
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-228-0514 – FAX
202-224-8273 – TDD
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
206-220-6404 – FAX
U.S. Federal Courthouse
W. 920 Riverside, Suite 697
Spokane, WA 99201
509-353-2547 – FAX
1313 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-696-7844 – FAX
825 Jadwin Avenue,
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 946-6937 – FAX
950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 615
Tacoma, WA 98402
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9B
Everett, WA 98201
You can watch the short videos below to give you a glimpse of just how unrealistic the concerns of the opponents of the Pebble Mine Project are. It is not near Bristol Bay and it is certainly not near Washington State.