Vice President Biden, a couple days, indicated his support for Bristol Bay in a Medium post. The former Vice President’s statement comes amid a national frenzy over Pebble Mine. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted his opposition to the mine, which spurred applause from much of the angling community. Additionally, Don Jr’s tweet caught the attention of President Trump, who said he would “listen to both sides.” We’re hoping President Trump listens to his son and the hundreds of thousands who oppose the mine. And to be clear, President Trump could have put an end to Pebble Mine at any stage during his tenure–and still can.
Vice President Biden’s full statement:
“Bristol Bay has been foundational to the way of life of Alaska Natives for countless generations, provides incredible joy for recreational anglers from across the country, and is an economic powerhouse that supplies half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon. It is no place for a mine. The Obama-Biden Administration reached that conclusion when we ran a rigorous, science-based process in 2014, and it is still true today. The only reason we are still debating whether Pebble Mine should move forward is because hours after former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with a mining executive behind closed doors, the Trump Administration reversed our thoughtful decision. Now, Alaskan culture, traditions, and jobs are on the line. As President, I will do what President Trump has failed to do: listen to the scientists and experts to protect Bristol Bay — and all it offers to Alaska, our country, and the world.”
Thank you for saying #nopebblemine!
Cover picture courtesy of Paul Nicoletti.