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Washington Senator Maria Cantwell Interferes With Alaskan Environmental Affairs

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

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
Phone: 1-888-648-7328

WASHINGTON, DC
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3441
202-228-0514 – FAX
202-224-8273 – TDD

SEATTLE
915 Second Avenue
Suite 3206
Seattle, WA 98174
206-220-6400
206-220-6404 – FAX

SPOKANE
U.S. Federal Courthouse
W. 920 Riverside, Suite 697
Spokane, WA 99201
509-353-2507
509-353-2547 – FAX

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
Marshall House
1313 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-696-7838
360-696-7844 – FAX

CENTRAL WASHINGTON
825 Jadwin Avenue,
Suite 205
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 946-8106
(509) 946-6937 – FAX

TACOMA
950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 615
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-572-2281
253-572-5879 FAX

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9B
Everett, WA 98201
425-303-0114
425-303-8351 FAX

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.

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25 Responses to Washington Senator Maria Cantwell Interferes With Alaskan Environmental Affairs

  1. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell is Interfering With Alaskan Environmental Affairs…

    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 …

  2. Salmon from Bristol Bay reach the entire west coast… The mine is located in the middle of the Bay’s headwaters… This would put our natural resources at risk while benefiting a foreign company… not American interests…

    • @Capt. Nate – If you are worried about a foreign country benefiting from American resources than you might consider that currently 97% of our copper comes from China. We can’t free ourselves from our dependence on China if we don’t allow for the responsible harvesting of American resources. Why is it more acceptable to enviros to harvest resources in countries that don’t have environmental regulations than it is to harvest them in the U.S. where there are state-of-the-art projects like Pepple that will function under the intensive regulations of the U.S. and will ensure a minimal impact on the environment.

      The fact that you don’t care that we will be dependent on China for copper makes me believe that you really aren’t concerned about the environment at all – otherwise you’d be supporting mining and drilling here in the U.S., where it is done responsibly.

  3. Its pretty near Bristol Bay…

  4. Really? You think those videos make a good argument against the pebble mine?
    Where do you think the salmon in bristol bay spawn?
    And you know that water flows downhill, right?
    Would really like to know if you’re that stupid or just incredibly dishonest.

    • @Jim – speaking of stupid. You might want to re-write your comment. The videos aren’t intended to make an argument against Pebble Mine. They help us understand just how far the Pebble Mine project is from Bristol Bay.

      • Got it, you’re dishonest. Thanks!

        • Jim, no I’m not dishonest. I hope you will be able to open your mind to the realities of the world we are living in!

          • OK, here’s some reality;
            -The salmon of bristol bay salmon spawn very close to the proposed pebble site.
            -The pebble mine will produce large amounts of arsenic and other toxins.
            -These toxins will be placed at the headwaters of several salmon streams.
            -If arsenic gets into these rivers, the fish runs will be wiped out.
            -The proposed pebble site is in an extremely seismically active location.
            -The pebble mine will provide temporary jobs.
            -The bristol bay salmon fishery will provide jobs as long as the fish are protected.

  5. beth you are a dumb slunt, have you ever been to alaska? Have you fished there? have you seen the vistas that are completely void of human development?

    • @Erik – the fact that you would throw personal insults (very offensive insults to women in particular) indicates that you have no argument. Personal insults are the refuge of people who don’t have a cohesive argument.

      And yes. I’ve been to many places in the world and appreciate pristine environments – that’s why we should extract the copper rather than leave it to countries (China) that don’t have any regulations on how it is extracted.

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  9. Salmon travel hundreds of miles! Much farther than that girl in the video can ever hike. What part about a foreign company profiting from this mine don’t you get?

  10. The mine is owned by and would benefit foreign companies while ruining a great American resource that employs numerous people, feeds numerous people and plays a productive role in the economy. Also, a majority of the copper would ship and sell to foreign countries. The videos are pure propaganda and the mine will pollute and inflict great environmental damage to the Bristol Bay ecosystem. The reality is we need to decrease the amount of copper we use in our daily lives and re-purpose and recycle the copper that already exists in a more efficient manner. The mine is purely profit driven and has no interest in a sustainable economic impact. Like most large scale mines, they will shred the earth, collect the cash and leave the cleanup to taxpayers.

    • @Zack – everyone complains about a foreign country owning Pebble. That ‘foreign country’ is Canada. The alternative is to buy copper from China. At this point China produces 97% of the copper we use in the United States. Which is more offensive?

      Mostly, the United States benefits from it. Alaska IS a state (as you know) and the copper will be used in the United States preventing us from being forced to buy it, and be further in debt to, China.

      Not to mention – how much regulation do you think the Chinese have on the mines from which they extract the copper. If you were really concerned about the environment then I’d think you’d rather the copper be extracted in the United States where there are regulations in place to ensure minimal impact on the pristine environment.

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