America's wilderness is for sale
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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  • George Ramirez
    George Ramirez

    swamps and lowland where u cant get flood insurance plenty of that I need highland like national park

  • Yash Chamadia
    Yash Chamadia

    There must be some better way to dispose off harmful waste. Here it's not only economy vs environment but it's also America vs China.

  • Tong Lee
    Tong Lee

    Don't do it.. space Minning is one it's way

  • Garry M
    Garry M

    Many of the world's problems would solve themselves with just some form of population control

  • Joey Miller
    Joey Miller

    Has anyone thought about making a full-length independent documentary about this?

  • Ralph Nabozny
    Ralph Nabozny

    wonder full , to many people in this continent al; ready. peru is full of copper. its been bought for 70 years

  • American Patriot
    American Patriot

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

  • Jiany Star Massa vich
    Jiany Star Massa vich

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

  • BlueLagoon

    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

    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

    capital should be owned by workers, not individuals.

  • Joey Childs
    Joey Childs

    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

    Why mine a national park :(

  • nightmare in action
    nightmare in action

    well goodbya beauty

  • Richard Tapales
    Richard Tapales

    detrone TRUMP....

  • F0R_TH3 PE0PL3
    F0R_TH3 PE0PL3

    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

    Go get the copper then nature will regrow

  • Regius Feedback
    Regius Feedback

    corporations are the enemy. Groups of people gathered.

  • gaming ilove
    gaming ilove

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

  • Night Driving Tunes
    Night Driving Tunes

    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

    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

    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.

    • New England Supper star
      New England Supper star

      Twin Metals is own by a Chilean Company

  • Matheus S
    Matheus S

    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

    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

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

  • CooperDaScooper

    "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

    So very American of them...

  • Elisa’s Broadcast
    Elisa’s Broadcast

    What can we do to stop this

  • Elisa’s Broadcast
    Elisa’s Broadcast

    This makes me so mad!

    • TeenageCapitalist


  • Kliche travels
    Kliche travels

    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

    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

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

  • noah thorpe
    noah thorpe

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

  • TheAdekrijger

    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

    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. PS 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.

    • TeenageCapitalist

      One mine is not going to end the world

  • Jeron Fishburn
    Jeron Fishburn

    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

    What an epic intro

  • mbassy

    Not worth it. Save the forest

    • TeenageCapitalist

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

  • Moe Snert
    Moe Snert

    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

      kevin okie dokie

    • kevin

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

    • Moe Snert
      Moe Snert

      It's from a song.

    • kevin

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

  • Daniel Ibarra
    Daniel Ibarra

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

  • Kyleigh DiGiovanni
    Kyleigh DiGiovanni

    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

    Thank you Roosevelt Ily ♥

  • The Things
    The Things

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

  • Tori Sylvester
    Tori Sylvester

    This is a new low.

    • TeenageCapitalist

      How is this low? Its not like we dont mine already.

  • R F
    R F

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

      Its in the ground for us to use it.

  • C

    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

      @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

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

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

    • Lynn McNeely
      Lynn McNeely

      Ok boomer

  • Tia

    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

    In Mongolia 🇲🇳 too

  • Christopher fontenelle
    Christopher fontenelle

    This man is pure Evil

    • TeenageCapitalist



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

  • bball33g

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

  • Davinio

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

  • Sam Francis
    Sam Francis

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

      Why do you want him out?


    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

    one more year ... yeah ONE MORE YEAR!

    • Nida Khatri
      Nida Khatri


  • Juan Melgar
    Juan Melgar

    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

      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.

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

      @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

      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

      Its not greed its jobs

  • Ricky

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

  • tyler maloney
    tyler maloney

    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

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

      @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

      @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

      @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

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

      How is Trump toxic?

  • Athaporn MCorp Review
    Athaporn MCorp Review

    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

    Trump really has no regard for wildlife.

    • TeenageCapitalist

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

      @AWP AWP and then they replant them. Problem?

    • AWP AWP
      AWP AWP

      @TeenageCapitalist jobs that are cutting down trees you mean.

    • TeenageCapitalist

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

    • AWP AWP
      AWP AWP

      @TeenageCapitalist did you not watch the video?

  • johnyyots

    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

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

    • TeenageCapitalist

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

    • John Brattan
      John Brattan

      Best comment in history.

  • Bradford Poole
    Bradford Poole

    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

      Nida Khatri yes!

    • Nida Khatri
      Nida Khatri

      @Bradford Poole wow is it still active now?

    • Bradford Poole
      Bradford Poole

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

  • SirVlogs

    So money does grow on trees?

  • Lord Askia mohanmend
    Lord Askia mohanmend

    The real owners never benefit anymore from the land

  • Robert Lamacraft
    Robert Lamacraft

    Eventually, we need to replace Earth mining with asteroid mining, but that isn’t going to be possible until it makes economic sense. I’m not saying it should be our first priority, but over the next say 200 years we need it to be more and more difficult to mine the Earth

  • TransHuman

    Behold the end game of capitalism. Everything is for sale.

  • Trevor George
    Trevor George

    Drill baby drill

    • John Brattan
      John Brattan

      Where, baby, where.

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