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Robert Kennedy Jr.
Dear Mr. Kennedy:
We are writing to you today with the utmost urgency. Northern Wisconsin is being threatened with the installation of a 22-mile open pit mountaintop removal iron ore mine in the heart of the Bad River watershed. Despite overwhelming public outcry, the Tea Party Republican legislators in this state have sold Wisconsin out. The new mining law “legally” allows the mining companies to pollute the waters.
Evidence of the enormous potential for environmental and economic damages are plenty; but perhaps most disturbing of all is the hostile takeover of our state government by legislators who have abandon their oath to serve and protect the people and resources of this state. Despite overwhelming opposition to the new law and an iron mine in this area, legislators who are aligned the ALEC, Cline Mines and Koch Brothers have left us unprotected and vulnerable to a multinational corporation coming into our area, removing local controls and doing whatever they wish with our precious resources.
United in Defense of the Water was formed when elected officials from all levels of government from the Lake Superior basin traveled to Madison to give a press conference at the Capitol. They explained clearly why this mine would bring ruin to the land, water, environment and economy. They countered the propaganda being put out by Extreme Mining Advocates by explaining clearly why the mine will hurt us. All of this has been ignored.
http://www.unitedindefenseofthewater.com has all the documentation needed to understand the multi-level crisis we are engaged in right now in Wisconsin. Here you can see videos of the press conference, and many other links to proof that this mine will hurt us beyond recovery.
Your uncle President John Kennedy spoke at the Ashland Airport on September 24, 1963. On a tour to defend the natural resources of the country, he implored us to protect our natural resources:
The entire northern Great Lakes area, with its vast inland sea, its 27,000 lakes, and its thousands of streams is a central and significant part of the fresh water assets of this nation. We must act to preserve these assets. If we fail to act, then the pressures of a growing population and expanding economy may destroy our natural assets before our heirs can enjoy them.
Please come to northern Wisconsin, Mr. Kennedy. We need the Kennedy bump.
Citizens United in Defense of the Water
P.O. Box 153
La Pointe, WI 54850
UPDATE: In the past few days, it has come to light that GTAC, the mining company, has hired a security firm known as BulletProof Security to patrol the site of the core sample drilling in the Penokee Hills. These camouflaged guards are carrying what appear to be semi-automatic machine guns. The entire community is shocked and afraid of this action on the part of the mining company.
Please Mr. Kennedy, we need help here!