Approval of the proposed Rosemont Mine is being evaluated based on our archaic mining laws, which do not consider aesthetics. The mine will permanently destroy a beautiful landscape and this alone should be reason for its denial. If it is approved, we in Southern Arizona will not profit from the copper; the profits go to the shareholders of the Canadian owner. We will not get the copper; it will be sold on international commodity exchanges. We do not have a state extraction tax, like oil in Alaska; we will get nothing in exchange for the copper and environmental damage. There will be a loss of profitable tourism in the area. There will be several hundred jobs for 20 years, a good thing but not worth the permanent cost to our scenery. There should be a public outcry, and vocal support from our elected representatives, to defeat this proposed mine.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.