America's wilderness is for sale

  • Published: 13 November 2019
  • We need more copper. Is it worth destroying this place?

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    The Trump administration has opened up America's public lands to mining and fossil fuel companies on an unprecedented scale, lifting decades-long protections from millions of acres of wilderness across the country. In Minnesota, one proposed copper mine is pitting neighbors against each other as they weigh the benefits of new mining jobs against the environmental consequences of new mines. It’s an old American debate that’s been further complicated here by an unforgiving reality: We need copper, and there are not that many places to get it. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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Comments • 5 308

  • Jiany Star Massa vich
    Jiany Star Massa vich  6 hours back

    I wish I had billions. I'd buy huge parcels and leave it

    • BlueLagoon
      BlueLagoon  13 hours back

      Why not have dry stacks but keep them covered. Build buildings that dry them out and prevent the dust from getting into the air then remove the waste to a location more suitable.

      • Plymouthian ZR
        Plymouthian ZR  20 hours back

        Vox: Makes stuff like this that we need to be aware of.

        Also Vox: “reference man” (who happens to be white, lawl).

        • Vegard Fjeldberg
          Vegard Fjeldberg  21 hours back

          capital should be owned by workers, not individuals.

          • Joey Childs
            Joey Childs  23 hours back

            I’m a trump supporter. I voted for him in 2016, and plan on voting for him in 2020, but this is unacceptable and America’s forests must be protected. They don’t understand what could ultimately happen if they allow mines. The entire forests and ecosystems would fall

            • Battle Tiger 66
              Battle Tiger 66  2 days back

              Why mine a national park :(

              • nightmare in action
                nightmare in action  2 days back

                well goodbya beauty

                • Richard Tapales
                  Richard Tapales  2 days back

                  detrone TRUMP....

                  • F0R_TH3 PE0PL3
                    F0R_TH3 PE0PL3  3 days back

                    Why does it have to be one, or the other??? The is what Vox wants you to think!!! These areas are still protected, and any company that plans to remove any minerals from these areas, will have to do so while protecting the environment!!! And yes the current environment!!!

                    • Jake Finzel
                      Jake Finzel  3 days back

                      Go get the copper then nature will regrow

                      • Regius Feedback
                        Regius Feedback  3 days back

                        corporations are the enemy. Groups of people gathered.

                        • gaming ilove
                          gaming ilove  3 days back

                          You cannot call a place “wild”erness then turnaround and say its for sale.

                          • Night Driving Tunes
                            Night Driving Tunes  4 days back

                            Don't worry, once the copper there is all mined 20 years from now, the taxpayers there will pay for the cleanup.

                            • Alex Turner
                              Alex Turner  4 days back

                              Nothing matters, the people in charge do not care about those alive today - why would they care for the future?

                              • Man O Fresh
                                Man O Fresh  4 days back

                                First of all, where do you think the copper $$$ will go? I don't trust him to secure the money for America without taking a significant stake in it first.

                              • Matheus S
                                Matheus S  4 days back

                                pretty sure you can still get all sorts of diseases and parasites no matter how "clean" the water of a lake is

                                • I Epic Wolfy
                                  I Epic Wolfy  5 days back

                                  So what about the places that do mine iron ore? Do we outsource to some distant land being destroyed. How do people obtain new metals without destruction?

                                  • CooperDaScooper
                                    CooperDaScooper  5 days back

                                    Mayor: "$25k isnt enough to by a house"
                                    *is apart of the generation that rose housing prices*

                                    • CooperDaScooper
                                      CooperDaScooper  5 days back

                                      "When the mine closed everything was hit with a depression" so opening another mine that will ultimately close one day is your solution to that problem?

                                      • Adrian
                                        Adrian  5 days back

                                        So very American of them...

                                        • Elisa’s Broadcast
                                          Elisa’s Broadcast  6 days back

                                          What can we do to stop this

                                          • Elisa’s Broadcast
                                            Elisa’s Broadcast  6 days back

                                            This makes me so mad!

                                          • Kliche travels
                                            Kliche travels  6 days back

                                            For every section of protected land opened up by Trump or any president, punishment of fines an imprisonment would be implemented...

                                            • Nisha Ni
                                              Nisha Ni  6 days back

                                              We need/ want the copper but we cant extract it until there is a safe way to do so and hold business accountable if we saw negative implications on the environment even if its 10 years later

                                              • 123jcoolmusic
                                                123jcoolmusic  6 days back

                                                What ever happened to the copper vein in Superior AZ. Look it up

                                                • noah thorpe
                                                  noah thorpe  7 days back

                                                  " not many places to get it (copper)" RECYCLE OUR ELECTRONICS

                                                  • TheAdekrijger
                                                    TheAdekrijger  7 days back

                                                    It is so special and so unigue and it is still the same because Trump didn't do anything to those areas it is the media who are sponsering the democrats are lying to you. By the way your live is based on industry so look for better solutions. But do not act like you can do without heavy metals. It is in the very device you are watching this with.

                                                    • Bald Spidey
                                                      Bald Spidey  7 days back

                                                      In survival, we think of the three's: 3 minutes w/o Oxygen, 3 hours in extreme conditions (hot/cold), 3 days w/o water, and 3 weeks w/o food (more for some); and the body breaks down and can cause harm, and/or death. Your life, and your land, without water is worthless. Working 30 + years in the field of Emergency Response, Emergency Management, and in the Environmental Field has allowed me to see the "life span" of these types of operations come, exploit, and leave a dead zone + a useless zone. I have yet to see an industry like this not leave a foot print. Don't think in the now, act for the future.
                                                      not sure i agree with this "i dipped my cup in the water from my canoe and drank it" ... the times of year you can do this w/o impact is minimal.

                                                    • Jeron Fishburn
                                                      Jeron Fishburn  1 weeks back

                                                      We're never going to "run out" of copper. We still have the same amount of copper now as we've always had.

                                                      • Jacob S
                                                        Jacob S  1 weeks back

                                                        What an epic intro

                                                        • mbassy
                                                          mbassy  1 weeks back

                                                          Not worth it. Save the forest

                                                          • TeenageCapitalist
                                                            TeenageCapitalist  5 days back

                                                            Say that to the miners without a job. The people that need food on the table for their family.

                                                        • Moe Snert
                                                          Moe Snert  1 weeks back

                                                          Only when the last plant has died, and the last fish has died will people learn you can't eat money

                                                          • Moe Snert
                                                            Moe Snert  5 days back

                                                            kevin okie dokie

                                                          • kevin
                                                            kevin  5 days back

                                                            @Moe Snert that must be why it's so annoying.

                                                          • Moe Snert
                                                            Moe Snert  5 days back

                                                            It's from a song.

                                                          • kevin
                                                            kevin  5 days back

                                                            I've seen that quote like 5 times today, get another one.

                                                        • Daniel Ibarra
                                                          Daniel Ibarra  1 weeks back

                                                          I'm not from the USA but love the environment this is sad

                                                          • Kyleigh DiGiovanni
                                                            Kyleigh DiGiovanni  1 weeks back

                                                            There was a post I saw that I don’t remember who said it but put this the best” I want to skip to the end of the movie about trump to the fade out credits- when we find out how much prison time they each got”. I swear if someone takes him out I will track down that person to give them a fruit basket- it would be poetic if the administrations lax gun policies are what wind up killing them. I can dream, but I get the feeling this is going to get much worse before it gets better, if it ever does get better

                                                            • Prod. Dimension77
                                                              Prod. Dimension77  1 weeks back

                                                              Thank you Roosevelt Ily ♥

                                                              • The Things
                                                                The Things  1 weeks back

                                                                Time for a biopic about Theodore Roosevelt with Nick Offerman, could save the forests

                                                                • Tori Sylvester
                                                                  Tori Sylvester  1 weeks back

                                                                  This is a new low.

                                                                • R F
                                                                  R F  1 weeks back

                                                                  Maybe copper is in the ground for another reason other than IS to destroy the earth and dig it up

                                                                • C
                                                                  C  1 weeks back

                                                                  So do we want one old dude to be able to fish alone on a massive lake or benefit in billions of dollars in mining. Lol the left

                                                                  • Lynn McNeely
                                                                    Lynn McNeely  2 days back

                                                                    @TeenageCapitalist Not gonna lie drinking leads not good for you mate.

                                                                  • TeenageCapitalist
                                                                    TeenageCapitalist  5 days back

                                                                    @Lynn McNeely
                                                                    Him: makes a valid point

                                                                    You: comes up with an insult that does not make any sense.

                                                                  • Lynn McNeely
                                                                    Lynn McNeely  1 weeks back

                                                                    Ok boomer

                                                                • Tia
                                                                  Tia  1 weeks back

                                                                  Send all the peeps to the mars let them build their city,bank and rich think and let go the earth for us

                                                                  • SS Gaming
                                                                    SS Gaming  1 weeks back

                                                                    In Mongolia 🇲🇳 too

                                                                    • Christopher fontenelle
                                                                      Christopher fontenelle  1 weeks back

                                                                      This man is pure Evil

                                                                    • MATATA
                                                                      MATATA  1 weeks back

                                                                      This is tragic. I visited the Boundary waters for a canoeing trip and I can confirm that the water tastes like Dasani.

                                                                      • bball33g
                                                                        bball33g  1 weeks back

                                                                        I think this is a very well made video. Does anyone know where I can find the sources for this video?

                                                                        • Davinio
                                                                          Davinio  1 weeks back

                                                                          Without excessive mining, I wouldn't have been able to watch this video and subscribe to your channel.

                                                                          • Sam Francis
                                                                            Sam Francis  2 weeks back

                                                                            Is there any way to make Trump leave the white house?

                                                                          • MUSTASCH1O
                                                                            MUSTASCH1O  2 weeks back

                                                                            If they can afford to pay the locals $90000 to mine, they can afford to find a way to store that waste.

                                                                            It makes me sick seeing all those people cheering at a decision that will waste this beautiful landscape. I sincerely hope they don't pollute the waterways, and when the copper has run out, they clean up properly. Probably not though, the profits will likely go to apathetic shareholders and none will be kept for decomissioning the mine.

                                                                            • Juno
                                                                              Juno  2 weeks back

                                                                              one more year ... yeah ONE MORE YEAR!