As an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal points out, the United States is tied for dead last among mineral producing countries in the time it takes to permit a new mine.
It should come as no surprise, then, that mining companies are packing up their U.S. operations and shipping their investments and jobs to our overseas competitors.
America is blessed with abundant mineral resources, but we’re recklessly squandering them. We’re weakening our own economy and strengthening our competitors’.
And, it’s not just about Coles Hill in Virginia. In every state and in every community across the country, the same grizzled activists are using the same tactics and same discredited junk science to sow mass fear and hysteria, and grind mineral production to a halt.
The U.S. won’t use less uranium if we don’t mine it here. We won’t use less copper, or coal, or iron, if we don’t mine them here. We’ll continue to depend on these minerals to fuel our power plants and build our cars, computers, bridges and buildings. Only, instead of using our own resources to create jobs and economic opportunity here, we’ll just become increasingly dependent on our competitors and ship more of our jobs overseas.
It’s time we drew a line in the sand and moved up in the ranks. The battle won’t end at Coles Hill, but it’s at least a start.