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Old 07-30-2007, 05:42 PM
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I agree with you, too. Mining tends to have its impacts, but they generally are confined to a relatively limited area, especially under the more rigorous environmental regulations now in place. Rural sprawl and recreational development's adverse environmental impacts are usually less INtensive than mining's, but they tend to be much more EXtensive. And while mining produces a relatively significant amount of good paying jobs, the recreation industry produces mostly minimum-wage seasonal jobs. I'd take responsible mining any day over the recreational/second home blight that is hitting Colorado's most precious areas now.

As far as why it is allowed to continue--probably because many of the people who SHOULD be (and profess to be) concerned about the "environment" are the very people living in those trophy houses. It's been that way for a long time--just like John Denver extolling the virtues of the Colorado environment, while he lived in HIS trophy house and buried a several thousand gallon gasoline tank on his property (this during the fuel-short period during the late 1970's--didn't want to run short, you know). Knowing that kinda tarnished the old "Rocky Mountain High" tune for me. Yep, those kind of people are all in favor of "saving the mountains," so long as they can do whatever the hell THEY want to. I say, "If you're going to talk the talk, then walk the walk." Most of 'em won't.
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