Archive for January, 2012

A short note to share with you a site that I came across today.  Here is the link to the procedings of the First International Seminar on Social Responsibility in Mining held in Santiago, Chile in October 2011.  I have not had time to download and look at all of the PowerPoint presentations.  Those I did look at leave me wanting to go back and look at more, for there were many interesting topics adressed.  Although as always it boils down to getting the locals on your side by whatever reasonable and ethical means you can.   Factor in the expense as part of the cost of doing buisiness.   (more…)

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     Seldom on a Sunday is there a good book about mining to read.  Today I hit the jackpot.  I read Understanding Mining Around the Quadrilatero Ferrifero.  A formidable title, but an easy and pleasant read.   Three authors are listed: Paulo Tarso Amorim Castro; Herminio Arias Nalini Junior; and Hernani Mota De Lima.  (more…)

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In a word, the Met’s new opera The Enchanted Island is enchanting.  We saw it today on the big screen at the Coquitlam movie house.  The audience gasped and clapped in emotional response.  I am almost convinced that watching opera in a comfortable movie house, at reasonable price, and with popcorn at interval, is the best way to listen and see; so close up that all the acting is right in front of you.  I could never afford tickets to sit close enough in the opera house to enjoy the acting.  And the sound is overwhelming.  Plus the audience is immediate and grateful. (more…)

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A group of professors sat around a table in a glass-clad building and wondered why they are not involved in oil sands mining. They talked of getting funding for a new professorial chair—why does the oil sands industry not sponsor a chair at our university?  They bemoaned the fact that none of their students wants to go and work at the oil sands mines. (more…)

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To repeat an email from Jamie Caswell of the National Mining Association—seems like a spark of good news in an otherwise contrary scene:

Last year, our Minerals Make Life program raised awareness about the contribution of minerals to economic growth, innovation and national security in America. Thanks to these efforts, we saw the momentum around the minerals conversation grow in Washington and throughout the country.

  • In this video, Carol Raulston, senior vice president of communications for the National Mining Association, provides a recap of key findings and milestones from 2011 that will help enhance our efforts advocating for smart mining in 2012, including:
  • Reports by the U.S. Department of Defense and PricewaterhouseCoopers that revealed the importance of a steady minerals supply to the U.S. military and hi-tech and automotive sectors, among others;
  • The introduction of the “Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011” by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), aiming for an in-depth analysis of our nation’s minerals needs and the ability to meet those needs domestically; and
  • The passage of a similar bill by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011,” which received bipartisan approval in the House Committee on Natural Resources in June 2011.

As we begin the new year, we must remain focused on advocating sound policies that promote a strong U.S. minerals mining sector and improve our economy. We hope you will support our efforts by sharing this video with your I Think Mining readers.

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The news wires are abuzz with the announcement that Obama has caved into his party’s environmental wing and killed the Keystone pipeline that would have carried Canadian oil to the refineries along the gulf coast.  Obama spluttered some words about reducing car fuel consumption as a way of making up for the jobs the pipeline would have generated.  Let us face it: Obama has caved to the environmentalist who threatened to withdraw their support if he did not kill the pipeline.  One of those fancy magazines that I read a while ago had an article by Bill McKibben spelling out the full threat.   Here is one report on his role: (more…)

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A short note to those who follow this blog regularly and to all others who may come across this posting.  Just posted in the InfoMine Library are two collations of 2011 pieces from this blogs.  They are:

Opera 2011.  This is a collation of all the postings in 2011 on opera.  An eclectic collection of opinions on some of the operas that I saw or listened to last year.

Best of Blog.   My personal selection of what I think of as the better postings from last year.


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