Republicans may need to show a friendlier face nationally in the wake of Romney's debacle, but in Wisconsin the GOP is turning harder to the Right, and nowhere is that more apparent than its push to end a long moratorium barring the most environmentally-damaging form of mining, explains the Wisconsin State Journal's Ron Seely:
Last session's failed mining reform efforts focused only on iron mines as opposed to operations that would remove metals such as gold, copper, zinc and silver. Unlike in iron mining, the processing of such base metals requires the use of chemicals and exposes surrounding sulfide minerals to air and water, which can create potent, polluting acidThe GOP, with majorities in both the Assembly and Senate after January, is looking to achieve two things:
Reward industry, at any cost to land and water resources which belong to all citizens, and to which Native Americans hold separate and inviolable treaty rights.
Get over the defeat earlier this year in the Senate - - with a swing GOP vote - - of the Assembly's politically-toxic iron mining bill and put that feather back in Gov. Walker's cap.
Revenge legislation approved by a gerrymandered Legislature will land in court and fail there.