According to Bill Hanna’s article, Rick Nolan said that he’ll fight for creating mining jobs. (Presumably, he means that he’ll fight for those mining jobs with both arms tied behind his back.)
Nolan on Wednesday morning called on Cravaack to participate in a debate on the Iron Range, pointing to Debate Minnesota’s offer of an Oct. 25 event.
“The voters of the Iron Range deserve to be a part of the discussion on the critical issues facing their community,” said Nolan. “There is a clear choice in this election. Congressman Cravaack has been all talk and no action when it comes to creating jobs and growing the industries that are so important to the working families on the Iron Range. I will fight for mining, timber and manufacturing jobs, strengthening the middle class and protecting Medicare and Social Security for future generations. Given that Congress will be taking a two month vacation beginning next week, I see no reason why Congressman Cravaack can’t find time in his schedule for this important conversation.”
Nolan’s words are exceptionally empty considering this quote:
Nolan refused to support the House bill, or the larger rush to take environmental laws off the books, saying successful mining can occur with thorough environmental review and safety regulations.
“I would support the parts of the bill that streamline the process when possible,” Nolan said. “But that bill does a great deal more than that…It guts basic environmental, health and safety protections…Democrats and Republicans both support mining. The difference is that Democrats insist on rules and regulations to protect human and environmental health.”
Nolan’s statement that “Democrats and Republicans both support mining” is true in a general sense. Some Democrats support mining-first policies. DFL politicians like Nolan think mining jobs shouldn’t ruin the pristine landscape. Does this look like pristine wilderness?
Chip Cravaack has fought the EPA and the MPCA hard since getting to Washington. This administration’s EPA has been particularly anti-mining.
The rules currently in place wouldn’t just prevent PolyMet from becoming reality. They’d bankrupt Iron Range cities. They’re that expensive to implement.
Rick Nolan insists that the EPA’s regulations are perfectly appropriate. Iron Range cities and mining companies vehemently disagree with Mr. Nolan’s opinion.