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Alaskans need to make a choice. Do we generate high-paying jobs by responsibly developing our natural resources, or do we condemn our children to a bleak future toiling in a low-paying, seasonal service company?
Which sounds better to you? Seeing your son or daughter earn $70K per year working at a copper mine like the Pebble Project or watching them eke out a living amusing summer tourists and drawing unemployment during the winter?
Time for a reality check: Most American communities would give anything to host a development like the Pebble Project.
I have no compassion for the "high-end" lodge owners who are in such a dither about this mine; many of these lodge owners and their employees live Outside. Furthermore, just how many Alaskans do you know who can afford to pay $1,500 a night to stay at one of these lodges? And there is no evidence that this mine would negatively affect their businesses. Most of the ruckus about Pebble has been stirred up by greedy greenies on the trail of the big money as "environmental watchdogs."
The Pebble Project could be one of the best things that ever happened to Alaska. Sen. Hawker's resolution designed to derail it is dishonorable, and it could destroy job opportunities for thousands of Alaskans!