Long-time UW-La Crosse educator and writer Al Gedicks has produced a masterful analysis of the political and environmental implications of the mining bill Scott Walker and GOP legislators are rushing to completion.
If you read one thing today about this issue, read his article, here:
Prior to investing in new resource colonies, multinational mining corporations frequently change a country’s mining laws to remove restrictions on foreign ownership, reduce taxes, ease environmental protections and guarantee access to water supplies needed for mining.
During the 1990s, under pressure from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, over 90 states in the Global South changed their mining laws to attract foreign mining investment. These neocolonial measures, often called “neoliberal reforms,” are now being used to open up new mining projects in the Lake Superior region of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.