Why would we want to be like China, India?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial, which appeared in Sunday's Juneau Empire as "The value of Alaska mining operations," says Alaska mineral production is trying to keep pace with the likes of India and China. Have you ever been to either of these two countries?

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China is so polluted that more than five million people do no have potable drinking water. One cannot breathe the air on a bad day in Beijing due to pollution. India has a caste system; kids are slaves to those with money, and, again, India's pollution is just as appalling as China's.

Why on Earth would any Alaskan want Alaska to be anything like China or India? The rape of the environment in those two countries alone should be a warning sign as to why Alaska needs to protect its mineral resources. Let China and India pollute beyond repair, and leave Alaska the gem it can and should be in the world.

The largest of the mining companies that want to open-pit mine in Alaska are from Canada. And the company that wants to develop the Kensington Mine is from northern Idaho. Again, ever been to Kellog, Idaho, Silverton, Idaho, or Butte, Mont.? That is just three of Coeur d'Alene's Superfund cleanup sites.

Again, why on Earth are we Alaskans champing at the bit to become as polluted as the rest of the world? Greed - that is the main reason. Leave our minerals in the ground for now. It could and should be Alaska's saving account.

Thomas Baxter


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