Remarks From Remarksman

September 21, 2008

Bristol (Palin) Bay

Filed under: Uncategorized — BrianB @ 5:53 am
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Back in February I posted a blurb called Cleaner Gold, which discussed how even jewelers were opposing a planned gold mine that will likely cause environmental damage in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. This Mother Jones’ MojoBlog entry points out that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin publicly opposed a clean water ballot initiative that would have stopped the mine from proceeding. Here’s a quote:

In Alaska, it’s against the law for a governor to advocate for or against a ballot measure. But that didn’t matter much to Sarah Palin. […]

[…] a proposal to build one of the world’s largest open-pit gold mines at the headwaters of one of the Alaska’s most productive salmon streams could wreck the famed Bristol Bay (which is also the namesake of Palin’s pregnant daughter). With the measure to restrict the mine coming down to a squeaker at the polls, this is what Palin said: “Let me take my governor’s hat off just for a minute here and tell you, personally, Prop 4 — I vote no on that.”

Her nod-and-wink endorsement was immediately seized by mining companies to create this ad, which ran in papers around the state as part of an $8 million media campaign–one of the most expensive ballot measure ad blitzes in Alaska history. Six days later, the Clean Water Initiative was voted down.

Another loss for the environment, another win for big business. With Sarah Palin’s help.


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