Five Projects – Nearly 5,000 Jobs – Five Eco-Extremist Targets

Five Projects – Nearly 5,000 Jobs – Five Eco-Extremist Targets

October 29, 2019

Alaska’s five largest hard-rock mining prospects – if you consider the Ambler Road District one overall project – could bring nearly 5,000 full-time jobs to the state.

The District, along with the Pebble Project, Graphite One, Donlin Creek and the Palmer Prospect, each contain world-class deposits of one or more materials needed for a variety of technological, military and traditional – as well as green – energy production.

Each is located in a different geographical area in Alaska. 

Each would bring needed jobs to rural communities. 

Each would bring millions of dollars in salaries to their respective employees over the lifespans of their projects. 

Each would – once in production – provide the State of Alaska with substantial long-term revenues necessary to bridge what is projected to be a nearly $200 million budget gap in 2020 alone.

Each is a target of environmental radicals who don’t speak for the majority of Alaskans, and who oppose all types of responsible development in our great state.

As Alaskans know, jobs are scarce in rural parts of our state. Many villages face out-migration from their families for jobs that take them away from traditional and subsistence activities and their family circles that are so important in Alaska Native culture.

Ultimately, the extremist positions taken by organizations such as the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the Gwich’in Steering Committee, Cook Inletkeeper, SEACC and others hurt rural Alaskans the most.  They neglect the very people they say they are protecting with their anti-development positioning, their finger-pointing at companies looking to invest in Alaska, and their incessant babbling about how tradition and technology shouldn’t ever intersect in their backyards.

And that’s bad for Alaska.