10 presidential candidates have now come out in support of protecting Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness
Des Moines – Today Cory Booker pledged support for protecting Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining, bringing the total number of candidates pledging support to ten, including three of the top four polling candidates. The Boundary Waters, America’s most popular Wilderness, is currently under threat from Chilean mining conglomerate Antofagasta’s Twin Metals project, a sulfide-ore copper mine proposed right on the Wilderness edge.
In a video message discussing his pledge Senator Booker said:
“Stand with us, stand with our nature, stand with our climate, stand with the future, be for protecting the Boundary Waters.”
Senator Booker’s climate plan also recognizes the critical importance of protecting the Boundary Waters, saying:
Beginning on Day One in office, Cory will put a moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases on public lands, rescind Trump’s executive orders to shrink national monuments, and restore protections for other critical cultural and natural areas, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Boundary Waters,
The Obama Administration had terminated the project after a thorough scientific review determined the mine posed an almost certain risk of “irreparable harm” to the Wilderness, but the Trump Administration revived the project after Antofagasta’s owner, Andronico Luksic, bought a Washington, DC, mansion and rented it to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The administration has since cancelled environmental reviews and used unlawful legal maneuvers to push the project forward.
“We’re excited that Senator Booker is pledging Boundary Waters protection and standing up for science, good government, and America’s most special places,” said Alex Falconer, Boundary Waters Action Fund Director.
Seventy percent of Minnesota voters do not want sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters, including 91 percent of Democrats.
In Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, where the mine would be located, nearly 80 percent of Democrats are opposed. Overall, 56 percent of 8th Congressional District voters are opposed, while only 39 percent are in support.
The Action Fund is asking campaigns to make clear statements on this issue so the public can make informed decisions when it comes time to decide whom they will support. To date the Action Fund has nearly 4,000 Iowa supporters and continues to activate supporters in Iowa and other states.