According to the Ely Echo’s editorial, Rick Nolan gave one of the strongest statements opposing a Programatic Environmental Impact Statement, aka PEIS:

One of the best responses to this whole PEIS political football came from Rep. Nolan who has the advantage of serving in the House prior to the 1978 BWCA Act and being back in D.C. today. He told the Mesabi Daily News the issue “has already been resolved as policy. It was resolved a long time ago during the Boundary Waters debate in 1978.”

He said a deal was made when 1.1 million acres for the BWCAW were taken out of multiple use, “the remaining federal lands were supposed to be used for mining and forestry. It’s a matter of law and public policy.”

Nolan’s political gamesmanship is impressive if playing political games is important. If getting important things done is more important, political gamesmanship isn’t helpful. Now that it looks like PolyMet will become a reality, Nolan is sounding like the miners’ best friend. It wasn’t always that way. When running in the primary, Nolan took a totally unserious approach to mining:

DFL congressional candidate Rick Nolan proposed on Wednesday, July 18, development of a new federal technical institute on mining and the environment to help the industry overcome production and environmental issues to create more jobs, an idea immediately panned by his opponents as expensive and ineffective.

Nolan said the institute would help push applied research that would help mining companies overcome technical problems such as how to extract more mineral from the same rock, but also to overcome environmental issues like reducing waste rock and making sure mine runoff doesn’t damage local waterways.

That was Rick Nolan’s response when his political opponent accused him of not being pro-mining. Let’s call that candidate Nolan 1.0. Then there’s the Rick Nolan who voted for a bill to streamline permitting. That version of Nolan quickly retreated when environmental activist Jesse Peterson lit into him:

The reaction of the those who gathered in Bohannon Hall on that Saturday afternoon is perhaps best summed up by 32-year-old Jesse Peterson, who characterized Nolan’s responses and actions with respect to HR 761 as “incredibly deceptive and reflecting a willingness to be phony.”

Here’s how Nolan 2.0 played right into Peterson’s statement:

It’s fitting that tracking 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan’s position on a bill that deregulates the mining industry and fast tracks the permitting process for PolyMet is a bit like watching a fish flopping around on a dock: first he’s against it, then he’s for it and now he once again opposes it, this time promising to vote against the legislation if it “comes anywhere near close to becoming law.”

That brings us to this Nolan, which I’ll call Nolan 3.0. Apparently, Rick Nolan will say anything that’ll get him through a difficult political moment. I can’t imagine why people on the Iron Range would trust him to represent him. He hasn’t shown that he’ll consistently represent their interests. In fact, his constituents can’t know what he’ll do on anything. That’s because he isn’t unprincipled. He’s the epitome of a political panderer.

Thanks to Ms. Rom’s lying, she’s brought attention to the Democrats’, especially Nolan’s, attempts to walk the political tightrope that is the divide between miners and environmental activists. As the saying goes, a house (or, in this case, a political party) divided against itself can’t stand.

Rick Nolan fits that description perfectly.

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One Response to “Environmental activist caught lying, Part IV”

  • Jethro says:

    There is so much DFL lying when it comes to the Minnesota mining industry, Gary could write “Part 1000” and still have room to spare. Why the mining industry would continue to vote DFL is simply insane.

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