THIS is a nation accustomed to making tough choices between the development and protection of our natural resources.
When I served as U.S. secretary of the Interior, the country weighed the merits and risks of offshore oil drilling and made decisions that were both difficult and controversial.
But the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska is not a tough choice.
The question of whether to build a massive copper mine in the heart of the planet’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery has a simple answer: no. Pebble is the wrong mine in absolutely the wrong place.
Understanding these risks, the Obama administration has pledged to use the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay.
Yet, the project’s supporters have not given up, turning to specious legal arguments and a handful of allies in Congress as a part of a last-ditch effort to save a fundamentally flawed proposal.
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