America's wilderness is for sale

  • Published on Nov 13, 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 • 5 305

  • American Patriot
    American Patriot 16 hours ago

    If you don’t want copper mining don’t buy electronics, wires, homes, cars ... etc ... 🤗

  • Jiany Star Massa vich

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

  • BlueLagoon
    BlueLagoon Day ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    capital should be owned by workers, not individuals.

  • Joey Childs
    Joey Childs 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago +1

    Why mine a national park :(

  • nightmare in action
    nightmare in action 3 days ago

    well goodbya beauty

  • Richard Tapales
    Richard Tapales 3 days ago

    detrone TRUMP....

  • F0R_TH3 PE0PL3
    F0R_TH3 PE0PL3 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    Go get the copper then nature will regrow

  • Regius Feedback
    Regius Feedback 4 days ago +2

    corporations are the enemy. Groups of people gathered.

  • gaming ilove
    gaming ilove 4 days ago +1

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

  • Night Driving Tunes
    Night Driving Tunes 4 days ago

    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 ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago +7

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

  • CooperDaScooper
    CooperDaScooper 6 days ago +12

    "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 6 days ago

    So very American of them...

  • Elisa’s Broadcast
    Elisa’s Broadcast 6 days ago

    What can we do to stop this

  • Elisa’s Broadcast
    Elisa’s Broadcast 6 days ago

    This makes me so mad!

  • Kliche travels
    Kliche travels 6 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

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

  • noah thorpe
    noah thorpe 7 days ago +6

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

  • TheAdekrijger
    TheAdekrijger 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago +5

    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 8 days ago

    What an epic intro

  • mbassy
    mbassy 8 days ago

    Not worth it. Save the forest

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 5 days ago

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

  • Moe Snert
    Moe Snert 9 days ago +6

    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 ago

      kevin okie dokie

    • kevin
      kevin 6 days ago

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

    • Moe Snert
      Moe Snert 6 days ago

      It's from a song.

    • kevin
      kevin 6 days ago +2

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

  • Daniel Ibarra
    Daniel Ibarra 9 days ago +1

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

  • Kyleigh DiGiovanni
    Kyleigh DiGiovanni 9 days ago

    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 9 days ago

    Thank you Roosevelt Ily ♥

  • The Things
    The Things 10 days ago +3

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

  • Tori Sylvester
    Tori Sylvester 10 days ago

    This is a new low.

  • R F
    R F 10 days ago

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

  • C
    C 11 days ago +1

    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

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 22 hours ago

      @Lynn McNeely what are talking about. I am tired of my generation and the one above me comming up with the dumbest thing ever!

    • Lynn McNeely
      Lynn McNeely 2 days ago

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

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 5 days ago

      @Lynn McNeely
      Him: makes a valid point
      You: comes up with an insult that does not make any sense.

    • Lynn McNeely
      Lynn McNeely 8 days ago

      Ok boomer

  • Tia
    Tia 11 days ago

    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 11 days ago

    In Mongolia 🇲🇳 too

  • Christopher fontenelle

    This man is pure Evil

    MATATA 11 days ago

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

  • bball33g
    bball33g 11 days ago

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

  • Davinio
    Davinio 11 days ago

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

  • Sam Francis
    Sam Francis 12 days ago

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

    MUSTASCH1O 12 days ago

    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 12 days ago +1

    one more year ... yeah ONE MORE YEAR!

  • Juan Melgar
    Juan Melgar 12 days ago +3

    Make a hole on the ground....make your profit and then let the taxpayers socialize the clean up of the mess. That's how these companies work.

    • Kathy Franklund
      Kathy Franklund 9 days ago +1

      Juan Melgar yes they destroy the land and ruin the water.than they want taxpayers to clean up the mess,on our dime,or should I say trillions of dollars,but that can’t fix what is broken and can’t be fixed! Trump only cares about the all Mighty dollar for The people who praising him.

  • Angello! R.
    Angello! R. 12 days ago +2

    And another state with awesome natural scenery falls down cause of government and people greediness.

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 9 days ago

      @Alex Siemers ita not like jobs and copper grow in trees

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 9 days ago

      @Alex Siemers what do you mean? Its not like the mining company's dont recycle. Jobs in the recycling industry dont pay as well as mining. We need mining and at the moment (key word at the moment) instead of recylcing in America.

    • Alex Siemers
      Alex Siemers 10 days ago

      TeenageCapitalist jobs can exist without tearing apart the environment. If anything, the effort needed to recycle materials would provide more jobs than getting them fresh from the ground.

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 11 days ago

      Its not greed its jobs

  • Ricky
    Ricky 13 days ago

    Mining asteroids for precious resources is perfect, thanks Trump for the effort with space force

  • tyler maloney
    tyler maloney 13 days ago

    Looks like you need to add insurable values on natural resources such as Fish Tree and Game.
    Adjust this value so you can afford a modest livelihood.

  • Rabin
    Rabin 13 days ago +3

    You know what is more toxic than arsenic??
    Trump is 😠

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 10 days ago

      @AWP AWP did you not read what I said. They have a clean up plan. Right now what is good for people is food on the table.

    • AWP AWP
      AWP AWP 10 days ago

      @TeenageCapitalist jobs that also are ruining a beautiful part of America. All we are known for is land of the free at this point.

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 11 days ago

      @Rabin he is not destroying anything. Mining companies ALWAYS have a clean up plan. Trump is just trying to create jobs for people. Jobs that put food on the table.

    • Rabin
      Rabin 11 days ago

      @TeenageCapitalist Are you nuts?
      Can't you see....he is destroying the forest that was untouched for centuries

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 11 days ago

      How is Trump toxic?

  • Athaporn MCorp Review
    Athaporn MCorp Review 13 days ago

    When u look at old literature, armies settlers and nomads all drink 🍹 from rivers. U can’t find Evian or Poland 🇵🇱 springs. It’s juz polluted these days

  • TrolledYouSilly
    TrolledYouSilly 13 days ago +7

    Trump really has no regard for wildlife.

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 3 days ago

      @AWP AWP food on the table matters more then trees that can be re grown

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 3 days ago

      @AWP AWP and then they replant them. Problem?

    • AWP AWP
      AWP AWP 4 days ago

      @TeenageCapitalist jobs that are cutting down trees you mean.

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 10 days ago

      @AWP AWP yes I did and Trump is creating jobs not activley cuting down trees.

    • AWP AWP
      AWP AWP 10 days ago +1

      @TeenageCapitalist did you not watch the video?

  • johnyyots
    johnyyots 14 days ago

    And yet you (vox) are able to make videos like this due to machines that need copper to function. So if we don't mine for copper here, it will be mined somewhere else. So how is the problem resolved? It's not, out of sight out of mind doesn't mean the Earth is less polluted because we didn't see the manufacturing process. And there is the solution, new way of extraction, and processing for copper. Dangerous heavy metals are in our waters, they have been there since we started mining. Examples are watch any gold panning videos.

  • Jamie Ingels
    Jamie Ingels 14 days ago +1

    Why don't they just start mining our Landfills for copper....

    • TeenageCapitalist
      TeenageCapitalist 11 days ago

      Landfills cant be mined for copper. If you want your electronics to be mined for copper recycle them.

    • John Brattan
      John Brattan 13 days ago

      Best comment in history.

  • Bradford Poole
    Bradford Poole 14 days ago +2

    My grandfather used to be a tour guide in the boundary water, he always tells me about it and I swear if I don’t get to go one day because of copper....

    • Bradford Poole
      Bradford Poole 12 days ago

      Nida Khatri yes!

    • Nida Khatri
      Nida Khatri 12 days ago

      @Bradford Poole wow is it still active now?

    • Bradford Poole
      Bradford Poole 14 days ago

      He ended up making a company called wilderness canoe trips in Wilmington Delaware because he loved it so much

  • SirVlogs
    SirVlogs 14 days ago

    So money does grow on trees?