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Prof. Aseem Prakash on Forbes, "National Parks And Pebble Mine Reveal The Influence Of Competitive Elections And Conservative Celebrities"

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on September 1, 2020 - 1:14pm

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site ask, "Is Trump administration turning green? It has halted the permitting of Alaska’s Pebble Mine. It has given 90 days to the Pebble Partnership to determine how they will mitigate the 'significant adverse effects on the aquatic system or human environment.' Recently, it also supported new funding for National Parks via the enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act."

How did the Trump Administration go from consideration of the mining to worry about damaging Bristol Bay, AK fisheries? Serious statements form the President's own son, Donald Jr., an avid outdoorsman, tweeted: “As a sportsman who has spent plenty of time in the area, I agree 100%. The headwaters of Bristol Bay and the surrounding fishery are too unique and fragile to take any chances with.”

TV Host Tucker Carlson also piled on that perhaps the mine was not a good idea for such a productive and pristine area.

"What do these instances of environmental policymaking tell us? Of course, no single factor drives policymaking: National Parks and Bristol Bay fisheries have an economic impact; there is a lot of elite attention to National Parks, even among Republicans."

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