As candidates descended on Des Moines for the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration tonight, Bernie Sanders became the eighth presidential candidate to pledge support for protecting the Boundary Waters Wilderness from sulfide-ore copper mining. Senator Sanders committed to complete a cancelled mineral withdrawal study for the Boundary Waters watershed and said that he would work with Congress to permanently protect the Boundary Waters.
Senator Sanders joined a list that includes Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, activist Tom Steyer, Senator Cory Booker, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Governor Steve Bullock, and former Congressman Joe Sestak, who support protection of the Boundary Waters from copper mining within the watershed.
Twin Metals is owned by a foreign mining company, Antofagasta, whose CEO, Andrónico Luksic, purchased a house in a swanky Washington, D.C, neighborhood for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to rent after they opted against purchasing the house themselves in late 2016 ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
With three months remaining until the Iowa Caucus, most all of the top-tiered candidates for the Democratic nomination for president have voiced their support for the Boundary Waters’ protection. The Boundary Waters Action Fund is still waiting on a few outstanding questionnaires from candidates, but we are pleased to see the widespread support.