Wednesday, May 23, 2012 By Aaron Brown
I've often said that the debate on this issue is off the mark. Mining opponents are based in an environmental argument that assumes the worst. Mining supporters are put in an opposing corner offering economic arguments that are often outlandish.
Well, if the Hug a Ranger campaign represented one take on the economic benefits of non-iron mining on the Iron Range, Mining Truth is another. This time the arguments center on the economy, which is probably what the local voting population cares about the most.
I'll be on MPR's The Daily Circuit Thursday at about 10 a.m. talking about the economic and political role of mining on today's Iron Range. Will these mines be permitted? How? Tune in to your local MPR news affiliate or listen online.