No cure for mining

No cure for mining I wrote a comment submission to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board regarding the Mactung Mine and it was rejected because they said it was offensive. I do not agree. Let the public decide. Is anyone out

I wrote a comment submission to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board regarding the Mactung Mine and it was rejected because they said it was offensive.

I do not agree.

Let the public decide.

Is anyone out there aware of climate change? Does anyone even care?

Or is it the same good old boy, business-as-usual mentality that got us all in the mess that we have on this planet.

After reading the report, I can’t believe anyone who cares about the present and next generations would allow so much environmental destruction.

And no, jobs and the economy are not more important.

Under the proposed project page, the environmental impact of this project is beyond belief. There is so much that is proposed to go on here that the land and the atmosphere will never recover from the damage.

Just the carbon emissions from start to finish are irresponsibly staggering: five diesel generators, all the trucks and equipment used to complete this project and, last but not least, the trucking of the concentrate to Edmonton and Vancouver.

In all, the consumption of tens of millions of litres of fuel.

This goes beyond monumental stupidity.

This is not their planet to do as they wish and, if these happy carbon makers don’t like it, I kindly invite them to open a profitable business on Mars, where CO2 is the dominant gas.

All this for a few jobs for a few years.

Well, I resent the fact projects like this are, and will affect my life, my children’s lives and granddaughter’s life by helping to accelerate climate change.

The mining industry has had a free ride for more than 100 years and they still stick it to the taxpayers through subsidies, incentives, and tax breaks and then quite often leave us the cleanup costs for the huge mess left behind.

That’s how thieves behave.

We have to learn to live with less, not more.

We will learn one way or the other if we remain delusional and in denial, determined to maintain an insane consumer culture and damn the consequences for ourselves and future generations.

We’re worrying about jobs and economy when we have a far more serious issue to deal with.

It’s like worrying about a cold when we have cancer.

Brenda and Richard Oziewicz

Teslin