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Tiffany Trusts Botswana Gold over US!

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Any multi-billion dollar business that depends on mining diamonds, silver and gold from the Earth is going to get pressure from environmental activists. After all, harvesting and refining precious gems and materials is the cornerstone of their business. Such is the case of Tiffany & Co, one of the largest high-end diamond retailers in the world

Apparently Tiffany has answered the environmentalists pressure by joining their cause.

But now Tiffany has started to put money and its public prestige into the effort to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine, which is located two hundred miles southwest of Anchorage in the Bristol Bay area. Tiffany is one of the sponsors of a “roadshow” put on by “Save Bristol Bay.”

The roadshow consists of public screenings in six Western cities (Seattle, Portland, Corvallis, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Denver) in October and a private screening in New York City on November 1st of a propaganda film that claims that the Pebble Mine would harm or even destroy Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery.

This charge would be extremely worrying if there were any chance that the mine would pollute the rivers, because the Bristol Bay watershed is the largest sockeye fishery in the world and has big runs of several other varieties of salmon. If this were 1911 or even 1961, that would be a legitimate concern. But in 2011, federal environmental controls are so strict that the water that new mines put back into rivers is cleaner than before the water was taken out of the river.

Is Tiffany Twisted? It seems that now the jewelry giant is not only condoning but helping to promote and sponsoring the ‘Save Bristol Bay‘ dog and pony show.

Tiffany & Co. expresses genuine concern for the environment on their website. In their statement they state they will raise ‘our voice to publicly oppose new mine developments that threaten places of high environmental and cultural value.’ This could be the hook that drove Tiffany to raise their voice against Pebble Mine. I’m sure the company is completely sincere in their concerns for the environment. After all, if there were no mines, there would be no Tiffany.

The Pebble Mine Project sits on top of one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits in the world. They have been subjected to literally years of permitting processes and regulatory delays. They have spent millions in setting up environmental safeguards and guarantees. Yet Tiffany & Co conduct their mining operations in Botswana and other third world countries. To their credit they have made an effort to see that their operations are in countries like Botswana, one of the less corrupt countries in Africa, to ensure any profit from their operations are not used in conflicts between waring factions. Still the regulations and controls of a mine in the United States will undoubtedly be much less ‘dirty gold’ than any mined in other more remote and less regulated, parts of the world.

So why go after Pebble Mine and other mining interests in the United States while mining in Africa? Is it a matter of ‘out of sight, out of mind’? You know, get your gold, just don’t get it in my back-yard – oh, or my favorite fishing spot! Or, even more cynical, is it a matter of understanding that neither the Native Alaskans who are out of work because the Pebble Mine Project can’t be built due to government regulations nor the Botswanans who are mining and refining their diamonds are likely to ever buy an engagement ring from Tiffany. Whereas the wealthy environmental elite most certainly will be their customers. Not hard to make that choice, is it? Business is business.

I’m sure their intentions are good, but meanwhile American jobs are lost and being outsourced to Africa and our dependence on foreign resources continues to grow.

A kiss on the hand of the environmental may be awful nice, just get that ice in Africa, or else no dice.

Together we Can Stop Environmental Pressure Groups from Killing Jobs and Prosperity!

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Taking on the powerful Green movement is no small task. The Environmentalists are well-funded, have power and influence with the current Administration and their supporters can be fanatical when it comes to their opposition to harvesting the abundant resources within the United States.

Yes we all want pristine landscapes, plush forests and clean, clear streams. But we also see that the increasing costs of gas, oil and electricity is breaking the back of the middle class. We all understand the need to be responsible in the manner in which we retrieve the natural resources that we have in abundance in the United States, understanding that our modern life-style requires the use of those resources if we are to survive. We can have the use of those resources without damaging our beautiful Earth!

Unfortunately, we are being prevented from harvesting these resources through the abuse of regulations by ‘green’ activists groups like ‘Stop the Drill’ and ‘No Dirty Gold’.

Oddly, the environmental concerns and activism of these groups seems to stop at the borders of the United States while other countries are given funds to mine and drill as well as promises the minerals they retrieve from the Earth will be bought by the citizens of the United States.

The Environmentalists have by-passed any semblance of commonsense in order to promote their causes costing Americans jobs and prosperity.

What can we do??

Resourceful Earth is launching on Friday in Minneapolis at the fourth annual Right Online conference.

You can help by signing this petition. Follow Resourceful Earth News on Twitter and Facebook and use your blogs as part of this grassroots movement to put a stop to the abuse of government regulations that are killing jobs and leaving us dependent on foreign resources for our energy. It’s up to us! Join us and help us restore American independence!

Washington, DC, June 17, 2011 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment this week launches Resourceful Earth, a new project that will oppose political barriers to natural resource production.  Resourceful Earth will take on campaigns by well-funded environmental pressure groups that abuse federal and state regulations and pursue endless lawsuits to block or hinder hardrock mines, coal mines, oil and gas drilling, timber production, farming, and ranching.

CEI’s new grassroots activist website, ResourcefulEarth.org, will educate and empower Americans to promote access to natural resources and oppose special interests that abuse the regulatory process to block new projects.  The first two campaigns targeted by Resourceful Earth will be Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold, which opposes gold mining, and Oceana’s Stop the Drill, which opposes offshore oil.

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CEI Launches Resourceful Earth to Fight Political Barriers to Natural Resource Production

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CEI launches Resourceful Earth to fight political barriers to natural resource production

Activist project will take on powerful opponents of jobs and prosperity


Washington, DC, June 17, 2011 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment this week launches Resourceful Earth, a new project that will oppose political barriers to natural resource production. Resourceful Earth will take on campaigns by well-funded environmental pressure groups that abuse federal and state regulations and pursue endless lawsuits to block or hinder hardrock mines, coal mines, oil and gas drilling, timber production, farming, and ranching.

CEI’s new grassroots activist website, ResourcefulEarth.org, will educate and empower Americans to promote access to natural resources and oppose special interests that abuse the regulatory process to block new projects. The first two campaigns targeted by Resourceful Earth will be Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold, which opposes gold mining, and Oceana’s Stop the Drill, which opposes offshore oil.

“America has incredibly abundant natural resources, but more and more of them are being locked up as a result of campaigns by environmental pressure groups,” said Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment. “And unfortunately, many major corporations are being greenmailed into supporting these political assaults on jobs and prosperity.”

“Resourceful Earth will shine a bright light on the disinformation campaigns waged against new natural resource projects and on the economic damage done when huge new investments are scrapped because of years and even decades of regulatory delays,” continued Ebell. “Our website, ResourcefulEarth.org, will provide the tools necessary for grassroots activists to get involved and defeat the advocates of scarcity.”

Resourceful Earth is being launched on June 17 in Minneapolis at the fourth annual Right Online conference, which brings together over one thousand conservative and free market grassroots activists. ResourcefulEarth.org is simultaneously seeking signatures on a petition that urges corporations not to support efforts such as No Dirty Gold and Stop the Drill.