July 14, 2017
Corrupt Democrat Rep. Richard Nolan wants to pollute the Great Lakes and destroy 1,000 acres of wetlands and more than 1,700 acres of critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest in order to enrich a foreign mining company.
H.R. 3115, authored by Nolan, would authorize a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet Mining and pave the way for destruction of high-quality wetlands, cause long-term toxic water pollution in the Great Lakes and eliminate critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx and gray wolf.
Nolan’s bill is a scheme to get around existing law, which prohibits the open-pit copper mine in the Superior National Forest, and force through the land exchange, which is being challenged in court.
Why should Americans trade their pristine forest that is an essential home to countless species for a massive toxic waste dump?
Polymet's largest stockholder is the vile Glencore, an Anglo–Swiss multinational criminal corporation with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland and an office in the tax haven of Jersey.
Glencore has a horrific environmental, safety and human rights track record and evades taxes. There is no reason to think that it won't engage in business-as-usual, destroy the forest, pollute the Great Lakes and leave American taxpayers to pay for the extensive cleanup. Other than a few jobs, there is simply no advantage to the mine and the costs will vastly outweigh the potential benefit from temporary employment
Glencore was founded by the criminal Marc Rich, who fled the USA in 1983 after being charged with tax evasion, and illegal dealings with Iran during the hostage crisis. He bought a pardon as Bill Clinton was leaving office.
Since it was founded Glencore has grown into a monster international criminal operation. Following are just a few of its crimes:
You can reach email Rep. Dick Nolan at MN08RNIMA@mail.house.gov or call his office at 202-225-6211.