Author: Brandon Middleton
A mine operator reacts to misplaced environmental hostility towards the private sector: "So as I stood against the wall here today, basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you." At the link, David McElroy provides further insight:
The only thing I’m sure of is that what I saw today is a broken process and a sham. We all want a decent environment in which to live, but when various people at a public meeting — including federal officials and community members — talk about 'environmental justice' and make it clear that their intent is to make it harder for businesses to operate, well, I can see why a businessman would decide to quit. I consider myself an environmentalist — because I want to live in a safe, secure, clean world — but what I saw isn't reasonable concern for the environment as much as it’s an ideological agenda.