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Mining Trumps Salmon

“The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor,” CNN reports. Read story here.

At issue is the proposed Pebble Mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, home of the world’s largest and most valuable sockeye salmon run, and an important food source for a world facing increasing food scarcity because of climate change. Read more about the proposed project here.

None of that matters to Trump, friend of miners and polluting industries.

It’s unlikely Trump can make the mine happen by himself, though. No matter what he does, the lawsuits to stop it will still be grinding through the courts long after he leaves office.

 


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