Sunday, August 17, 2008

Round-up of mining news

Today's newspaper are full of stories about mining in Arizona.

The AZ Republic (Phoenix) reports that "Freeport-McMoRan and Southern Copper dominate Arizona's public-company list in total value, profitability and stock-market returns. That said, a modest recent retreat in commodity prices raises questions of how long the boom times will last."

The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) published four stories - a front page depiction of what the Rosemont copper mine will look like after it's developed, a large feature piece on different perspectives on touring the Rosemont proejct, a debate on whether it matters where our copper comes from, and an update on the Johnson Camp mine reopening in Cochise County. [right, new Rosemont Copper video on their reclamation plans. Click on image to play.]

The comments following the Rosemont stories are typical of what a lot of anonymous online debate has become - virulent, name-calling, yelling matches. After scanning through a couple dozen, I realize there was very little reasoned debate or thoughtful perspectives.

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