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GOOD NEWS! Obama Bans Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon


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- 2627 days ago - chicagotribune.com
The Obama administration banned new uranium mining claims around the Grand Canyon for the next 20 years, a move hailed by conservationists on Monday as key to the president's environmental legacy ...



   

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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Monday January 9, 2012, 3:57 pm
Hard to believe, that Mr.BO does something so reasonable. (lets hope there's no catch...)

LEAVE URANIUM IN THE GROUND !

as it so happens, just to-day, I was catching up on the
Photoelectric Enhancement (PE) of natural background radiation by elements of high atomic number Z. Uranium has the highest atomic number (Z=92) for all naturally occurring elements. ...
which might account for (part of) the high toxicity of U (which probably cannot be explained by it's radioactivity alone) and maybe (part of) the toxicity of heavy metals in general
 

Carol H (229)
Monday January 9, 2012, 4:10 pm
good news, thanks Cal
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 4:51 pm
Very Good!! tnx Cal
 

TomCat S (128)
Monday January 9, 2012, 7:27 pm
Kudos to Obama for thwarting the Republican plan to despoil that unique ecosystem.
 

Eddie O (95)
Monday January 9, 2012, 7:49 pm
Isn't it amazing how some people say Obama and any of the Republican bozos are all the same? This absolutely would NOT have happened under Romney, Newt, or any of the other Greedy, ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL, Obstructionists. So, yes, Obama's not been able to break through a lot of the MASSIVE GOP OFFENSIVE, and has let us down in various ways, but he certainly cares a hell of a lot more about our environment than any of the Religious, Right/Wrong Wing, Extremist, Radical, Fundamentalist, Nut Cases, and he has made progress in the right direction in various ways, just not as fast or as much as we all desire.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday January 9, 2012, 11:18 pm
The problem with uranium mines has little or nothing to do with uranium's radioactivity. Uranium acts chemically almost exactly like lead, except that it does not bind to stuff as effectively (as the atoms are large so they fit less well in crystal lattice-sites which other particles normally take), making it less mobile and less likely to poison anything.

The claims that this is a power-grab seem wrong, though I don't know the relevant law. The Grand Canyon is apparently administered by the federal government, so I'm guessing it's federally owned. While this is a matter of federal jurisdiction, however, I am uneasy with the idea of a Democrat-led branch of government being left to "strike a balance" between the economy of a primarily Republican state and the priorities of (mostly Democrat) environmentalists. It does seem to be federal land so it is their place to do it, but it still feels like the fox guarding the hen-house. (Consider that the situation can be easily reversed if Republicans gain control over the agencies which subsidize renewable energy-production, and how you would feel about that.)

Here's a question (though with the land being federally administered it is not as pertinent as it would seem without that context): What would everyone here say if the state of Arizona, elected by the people who actually live around there, the ones who would be affected most by environmental damage and who might gain jobs from permitting more excavation, supported it? Arizona is majority-Republican so this is far from impossible.
 

Fran F (116)
Monday January 9, 2012, 11:55 pm
Very good news! I'm glad the President realized that allowing uranium mining around the Grand Canyon has been VERY unpopular.
 

P A (117)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 1:15 am
Wonderful news!
 

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5:25 am
Hooray!!!
 

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5:38 am
Thanks for the GOOD NEWS Cal : )
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:38 am
Good news.
 

Marian Austin (110)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:40 am
Great news!
 

sue H (4)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:59 am
Thank you, President Obama!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 7:09 am
Good news. TY
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 7:16 am
Good! Thank you
 

Daphne H (98)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 7:48 am
Now protect the rest of our precious environment.
 

Lena Rehberger (109)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 10:25 am
Awesome news!!! Thanks a lot for sharing =)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 11:18 am
Nice!
 

Mandi A (201)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 11:19 am
Great news
 

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 11:21 am
President Obama is on a roll! Now I hope he vetoes the Keystone XL pipeline!
 

Gary C (5)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 11:25 am
Great news , Thankyou....
 

David C (80)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 12:33 pm
YeaH!!!
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 12:48 pm
This is AWESOME NEWS....! Bravo to all those who signed petitions, etc. Makes me want to holler out the window, Hell Yes We Did It. lol Bravo to you Mr. President
 

Dragana M (19)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 12:58 pm
Great news :)
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 2:24 pm
Good news. Now I hope he does not approve the tar sands pipeline.
 

Jean C (18)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 2:43 pm
All those crusty old coots in the Senate and Congress should go! Abuse the environment as long as the corporate elite make lots of money...the bastards!!! Not this time. I like how everything the elite want to do now is prefixed with their intent to create more jobs...bull!...they do everything only to line their own pockets, otherwise, they would give up some of their own precious money.

Kudos to Obama on this one. If I could only make this statement more often...
 

Muriel S (53)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 2:58 pm
Wow! Great news! Thank you!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 2:58 pm
Good news for all of the innocent animals that live in that area but I hope there isn't something else he wants other than the White House.

But I am glad someone stepped up to the plate and in my book I didn't really care who but it was done and that is all that is important.
 

Julia R (298)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:50 pm
This is great news! Let's hope that we see more of these kinds of actions to protect our environment from the Obama administration rather than many of the previous ones. I hope that he's on a roll and keeps going forward and continues these progressive actions toward good stewardship of our environment and stands up to greedy corporations who show neither the insight or concern about earth's future and our own too!
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:57 pm
Great News to hear lets keep up the hard work.
 

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5:40 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing the great news!
 

Rosemary G (79)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:15 pm
It is about bloody time. A great part of the Arizona economy depends on the tourism dollars..
I know because as a Travel Facilitator-Interpreter I bring in many tourists each year who spend a lot of money visiting the Parks the Grand Canyon being the most popular! It actually should be up to the Native Americans to decide because after all this is their land and we are the arrogant occupiers.
 

Mary T (178)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:24 pm
Wonderful news thanks.
 

Monica D (580)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 9:54 pm
I agree, good news.
 

Diane L (110)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 10:31 pm
Maybe this will zip the lips of all the "Bama Bashers", at least for a few hours. Can't help but admit I'm enjoying the REPUB primary news............what a bunch of dorks.

Anyway, now if ONLY we could get Obama to get rid of Salazar!
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 11:38 pm
Great news
 

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 12:16 am
Noted with gladness.
 

Penelope P (222)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 2:54 am
goody
 

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 3:03 am
Oooh, Eddie said hell! :-))
And I agree with him, this would not have happened under a repug.
But i'm still waiting on the death of the XL. I sure hope this is a show that it's coming...thanks Cal
 

Jana Repova (65)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 3:44 am
Noted and pleased.
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 4:41 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Eddie O (95)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 8:40 am
Ellen - your comment about me saying hell made me chuckle, and good to know at least someone's reading my posts. :-) And, I too am waiting for the death of XL. Sadly, I'm not real optimistic as there's so much money and pressure, from Unions, the Greedy Obstructionists, and the sheeple who believe the BS that the Greedy Obstructionist Party, aka. GOP, is force feeding them.

NPR just talked about the decision whether to frickking frack in New York, that is being voted on today, and they never once talked about people's drinking water being polluted, or the increase of earthquakes due to fracking. What they did say was that many property owners wanted fracking because they could make money selling their rights to their property. Again, MONEY TRUMPS EVERYTHING, and as others hear this, they too might think this is what matters most. What they don't understand is that they're giving up their rights to clean drinking water, and a secure earth below their feet.

Also, many people like to condemn Obama for not closing Guantanamo Bay, but NPR also has a program on right now explaining how the GOP waged a major campaign, whereas even various Democrats jumped on board, making it totally impossible for Obama to follow through with his desire to close that horrible place.

Of course, the GOP, the PARTY OF NO, relied on PROMOTING MAJOR FEAR, which is ONE OF THE ONLY THINGS THEY ARE VERY GOOD AT. Of course, the fear is totally unjustified as we have tried numerous major terrorists within our country, and these horrible terrorist are held securely in our maximum security facilities within our country. The GOP also pushed very hard for Hapeous Corpus to be eliminated while dealing with these “suspected” terrorists. Fortunately, this did not happen and at least some justice prevailed.
 

JOHNLEWIS HODDINOTT (77)
Monday January 16, 2012, 6:55 am
noted thank you
 
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