Beyond Mining: Diversify and Expand your Local Economy – Can Do Can Work!

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Mining jobs and infrastructure development should be balanced by the creation of local businesses. Enterprise Facilitation® has been successfully used, globally, for the past 25 years and it has come to the attention of mining companies for its ability to engender a local ‘can do’ attitude that promotes community pride and self reliance. Enterprise Facilitation teaches local entrepreneurs how to ‘fish’ and it avoids practices that are both expensive and unsustainable.

Are we compromising national security with roadblocks to new mining?

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it’s time for Americans to consider a different type of mining, what is often referred to as “rare earth” mineral mining. These are some of the world’s most obscure but valuable minerals, 15 elements used in a variety of ways to produce products that are vital to national defense, our economic future, our technological future, and even our environmental future.

Inside the mind of a NIMBY: interview with Arizona copper mine opponents

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People oppose mining development for a number of reasons, to protect the environment, to preserve the character of the community and because the product that is being mined is extremely controversial. Here is an Arizona Daily Star interview with two leading opponents of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine in Arizona.

Rare earth minerals: A new foreign dependency?

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By Christopher Hopkins Rare earth minerals are a key element to the 21st century economy and beyond. With China currently producing the vast majority of the products, are we substituting one foreign dependency for another? Here’s a link (click here) to an excellent New York Times article on the future of the rare earth mineral supply and the impact it … Read More

Roadblocks to new mining; are we compromising national security?

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The general public is asked to consider mining’s impact on the environment, the economy, the landscape, home values and impacts on communities. One consideration that has gone virtually unnoticed or worse yet not questioned in any great magnitude what effect the decline in mining in the United States is having on our national security.

Gold mine permits delayed amid rising prices and falling production

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By Chris Hopkins, Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining, The Saint Consulting Group In a recent report, The Daily Telegraph in the UK looked at the decline of global gold production and efforts by Barrick Gold, the world’s top producer, to wind down the remaining 3 million ounces of its infamous hedge book over the next 12 months, an implicit bet … Read More