Mining – The Grand Canyon is off-Limits for Uranium Mining

US President Obama prevents uranium mining in the Gran Canyon. Withstanding pressure from the industry and Republicans, he barred 1 million square acres in the natural treasure from mining operations.

Brightnews! It sounds like a no-brainer. The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful and famous sites in the United States and still will be in thousands of years. The uranium that could be mined there could only fuel the US nuclear power plants for a couple of years and its operation and its waste pollutes the environment over a very long period of time. I argue that such risks should never be acceptable but particularly not in order to sustain an outdated, dangerous and (without public credits and societal risk burdening) uncompetitive industry.  Really, I can hardly think of a more shortsighted and just plain silly reason to endanger a natural heritage such as the Grand Canyon. Therefore, well done Mr. Obama and don’t forget there are plenty of other industries to confront in order to protect the US natural heritage and global climate.

Source: The Guardian

 

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