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Demonizing Doe Run
CFP ^ | May 9, 2005 | Alan Caruba

Posted on 05/09/2005 8:08:55 AM PDT by MikeEdwards

You’ve probably never heard of The Doe Run Company of St. Louis or its subsidiary’s copper and lead smelting operation in the small mountain village of La Oroya, Peru, about 112 miles from Lima, but not long ago, the village had a distinguished visitor, Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace and chairman and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies. The day he arrived, La Oroya’s mayor was leading thousands of marchers.

Were they protesting Doe Run Peru? No. They were demonstrating against anti-mining activists, like Oxfam and groups tied to Christian Aid, the Sierra Club, EarthJustice and Friends of the Earth — to insure continued operation of the facility that is the town’s lifeblood.

It wasn’t just about jobs, either. Since purchasing the smelter in 1997, Doe Run Peru has launched programs to reduce the pollution that is associated with all such operations. It’s also provided funds for healthcare, education, reforestation and hot lunch programs for local children.

Dr. Moore was impressed. He pointed out that Doe Run had inaugurated new water-collection systems for treating storm water and sewage, and implemented "the first-ever community-wide" blood-level surveys and reduction programs, using Centers for Disease Control protocols.

Before Doe Run arrived, the government of Peru and others had owned and operated the facility for 75 years. During all that time, no effort was made to repair damage to the forests and rivers around La Oroya or to improve the health and safety of people who worked in or lived near the smelter. During all that time, the activists were nowhere to be found.

Doe Run Peru has spent nearly $140-million: on pollution reduction and health programs, and to plant 106,000 seedlings, modernize schools, and provide small business and vocational training for nearly 8,000 local women. . . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: caruba; club; environment; environmentalists; globalwarminghoax; greenpeace; greenspirit; greepeace; latinamerica; mining; patrickmoore; peru; pollution; sierra

1 posted on 05/09/2005 8:08:57 AM PDT by MikeEdwards
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To: editor-surveyor

Ping.


2 posted on 05/09/2005 8:13:34 AM PDT by BufordP ("I wish we lived in the day when you could challenge a person to a duel!"--Zell Miller)
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To: MikeEdwards

Gee, I am shocked to see the watermelons protesting a good corporate meighbor. </sarc


3 posted on 05/09/2005 8:14:09 AM PDT by ctlpdad (There can be no triumph without loss, no victory without suffering and no freedom without sacrifice!)
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To: MikeEdwards

Bump - good article.


4 posted on 05/09/2005 9:17:50 AM PDT by baseballmom
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To: BufordP; 1Old Pro; aardvark1; a_federalist; abner; alaskanfan; alloysteel; alfons; Always Right; ...

Earth worshippers, or the black plague, which is worse?


5 posted on 05/09/2005 12:10:02 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: BufordP; 1Old Pro; aardvark1; a_federalist; abner; alaskanfan; alloysteel; alfons; Always Right; ...

Earth worshippers, or the black plague, which is worse?


6 posted on 05/09/2005 12:11:57 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: editor-surveyor

Earth worshippers = Green Enviralist Plague


7 posted on 05/09/2005 12:13:30 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: MikeEdwards

Canadian mining companies do more real good in the Third World than all of the hand-wringing do-gooders combined!

Typically, they provide schools, clinics and vocational training to the locals - all at company expense.

Onward to the final victory of Capitalism!

;^)


8 posted on 05/09/2005 12:25:35 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: editor-surveyor
Earth worshippers, or the black plague, which is worse?

They both seek to reduce the Earth's population by two thirds. But the greenies do it knowingly...

9 posted on 05/09/2005 12:37:50 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: editor-surveyor

BTTT!!!!!!


10 posted on 05/09/2005 1:29:10 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: editor-surveyor


11 posted on 05/09/2005 1:29:36 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: editor-surveyor
Earth worshippers, or the black plague, which is worse?

They are one and the same.
12 posted on 05/09/2005 2:34:25 PM PDT by Jaysun (The road to despotism is paved with "fairness")
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To: MikeEdwards; abbi_normal_2; Ace2U; adam_az; Alamo-Girl; Alas; alfons; alphadog; AMDG&BVMH; amom; ...
Rights, farms, environment ping.
Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this list.
I don't get offended if you want to be removed.

List of Ping lists

13 posted on 05/09/2005 3:49:03 PM PDT by farmfriend (Send in the Posse)
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To: MikeEdwards

Alan Caruba! He's awesome! He posts with us at an EZ Board site where I moderate. He's going to love the exposure over here. He is an excellent writer and a very smart man, IMHO.

Thanks for posting this! :)


14 posted on 05/09/2005 4:02:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: MikeEdwards
Very interesting, local control keeps the citizens employed, the product in production, improvements in environmental and public health concerns, and the greenies apoplectic.
15 posted on 05/09/2005 4:33:27 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: headsonpikes
Canadian mining companies do more real good in the Third World than all of the hand-wringing do-gooders combined! Typically, they provide schools, clinics and vocational training to the locals - all at company expense.

I'm posting this from a mine construction camp in the high Andes of Argentina and you are exactly right. It really is a North American thing and these companies do more for the locals than all the wasted UN money ever spent in these areas.

We hire the locals, many of them this is their first real job, and teach them to show up on time, train them to be carpenters, mechanics, surveyors and supervisors. It is our plan to eventually turn the management of the mine over to the locals when they are able to handle it.

I worked on a project in Africa and all the UN aid did was make the locals more dependent on the UN...which, of course was the object.

16 posted on 05/09/2005 4:43:23 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: headsonpikes

Also,
Doe Run is a US company


17 posted on 05/09/2005 4:55:12 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse
"I'm posting this from a mine construction camp in the high Andes"

You do get around, don't you!

18 posted on 05/09/2005 4:56:33 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: editor-surveyor

Hi Ed,

I can't remember where the heck I was the last time we "spoke"...was I in Africa??

Cheers from Argentina


19 posted on 05/09/2005 4:58:14 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse

To rid the Third World of poverty, give the citizens two things - private property and free enterprise.

The description of this mine appears its on the right track.


20 posted on 05/09/2005 4:58:52 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: sergeantdave

The company I work for had a community development program near our mine in Africa and what we did was actually sell plots of land that the company had developed...water, power, sanitation. We did not go the "company housing" route, but rather made low interest loans to the native mine workers and allowed them to buy their places...no strings.

In no time, there were gardens and lawns, trees and playgrounds...it is just human nature and it fascinates me that the socialist do-gooders can't figure this out.

Cheers from the highest (legally) FReeper


21 posted on 05/09/2005 5:03:42 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: sergeantdave
"To rid the Third World of poverty, give the citizens two things - private property and free enterprise."

And large caliber handguns ... :o)

22 posted on 05/09/2005 5:04:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: Grampa Dave; editor-surveyor
"Earth worshippers = Green Enviralist Plague"

Aka... GANG-GREEN!!!

23 posted on 05/09/2005 5:22:23 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The "Heritage Oaks" in the Sierra-Nevada Conservancy are full of parasitic GovernMental mistletoe!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

Time to Amputate!


24 posted on 05/09/2005 5:28:01 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The Lord has given us President Bush; let's now turn this nation back to him)
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To: editor-surveyor

I would certainly include large caliber weaponry as part of the private property. :-)


25 posted on 05/09/2005 5:28:01 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: editor-surveyor

Just the rigor mortus, now!!! (grin)


26 posted on 05/09/2005 8:57:25 PM PDT by SierraWasp (The "Heritage Oaks" in the Sierra-Nevada Conservancy are full of parasitic GovernMental mistletoe!!!)
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To: farmfriend


27 posted on 05/10/2005 3:06:20 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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