Anyone Fighting Copper Mining – Especially Pebble – While Pushing “Going Green” Is Completely Hypocritical

Anyone Fighting Copper Mining – Especially Pebble – While Pushing “Going Green” Is Completely Hypocritical

February 2, 2022

A recent article in Mining News North highlighted the extreme shortage of worldwide copper; especially in light of the current ‘go green’ movement being pushed by environmentalists.

The article states:

The World Bank Group estimates that more than 3 billion tons of minerals and metals will be required to manufacture the EVs and low-carbon electrical generation to stay under the 2-degree Celsius temperature increase limit set by this global accord. This includes an estimated 550 million tons of copper for wind turbines, solar panels, EVS, and the wiring to connect them over the next 25 years, which is roughly equivalent to the total copper mined by humankind since the dawn of the Bronze Age, some 5,000 years ago.

Highlighting Alaska’s impressive array of prospective copper deposits, including Pebble, Palmer, and those found in the Ambler Mining District, it becomes clear that Alaska could lead the nation – if not the world – in supplying copper for the ‘green’ movement.

But only if environmentalists acknowledge – and stop fighting – the opportunities.

What we found most shocking about the article is the following statement:

“…it would take around 170 of these Pebbles to meet the World Bank’s estimates on how much copper is demanded by the electric mobility and renewable energy sectors over roughly the same time frame.”

170 deposits the size of Pebble?  The largest untapped copper deposit in the Northern Hemisphere?  The single-most politicized and challenged mining project in the world, even though the NEPA-driven Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) clearly states that the massive Bristol Bay fishery will not be impacted by the current mine plan?

If Pebble can’t be built, due to environmental and political pressures, how does the ‘go green’ movement expect to meet the demand noted in the article?

Zero Pebbles opened so far.  170 Pebbles to go in the next 25 years.