The latest edition of MINE, published three times a year about Minnesota’s mining industry, includes a column by Pete Stauber, candidate for U.S. Congress from Minnesota’s 8th District. In it, he says it’s time to get new mines running instead of being environmentalists only when it’s convenient.
“Some in our region have a view of our environment that is unrealistic, and it’s gone on far too long,” Stauber wrote. “Those folks like to pick and choose what’s right, forgetting things when it’s convenient. For example, that dock on their lake has boards that came from northern Minnesota trees. The boat tied up to their dock is made from materials that came from the ground. And where did the gas and oil powering their boat’s trusty Evinrude come from?
“You see, it’s OK with pick-and-choose environmentalists to use natural resources from above and below the ground when it’s for things they enjoy. Kitchen appliances, cell phones and nearly everything we use every day come from the environment. Even protest signs are made from trees.”
The entire column is published, here.
Stauber grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfeld High School before captaining Lake Superior State University to a Division I national hockey championship in 1988. He played in the Detroit Red Wings organization for three years, then was a Duluth police officer for 22 years before retiring in July 2017. Stauber is currently in his second term as a St. Louis County Commissioner. His wife, Jodi, is an Iraq War veteran and retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as its first female Command Chief. They have four children and reside in Hermantown.