Conservative Action Project

September 23, 2020

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

In a speech on July 16 before an enthusiastic audience on the South Lawn, you proudly marked the progress that your administration has made in its “historic campaign to rescue American workers from job-killing regulations.” Conservatives applaud the progress made so far on your broad regulatory reform agenda and strongly support your continuing efforts to remove obstacles to environmental permitting of natural resource and infrastructure projects.

That is why many of us were disturbed by reports of White House meddling in the permitting process for the Pebble Mine in Alaska. It recalls the bad old days when the Obama administration misused its Clean Water Act authority and used bogus science to veto the project before an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) had even been submitted.

Political interference in the EIS process was inappropriate then, and it is inappropriate now. In preparing its EIS, the company developing the Pebble Mine spent over $150 million on scientific studies considering every possible environmental impact of building and operating the mine. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers then conducted the EIS process in a professional and thorough way as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. After this exhaustive review lasting more than a year, the Corps issued its final EIS in July, which concluded that the mine would not negatively impact the environment and in particular would not harm Bristol Bay’s extensive salmon fisheries.

Before the Corps made its final record of decision, old claims were again raised that the mine would threaten the salmon and destroy hunting and fishing opportunities for wealthy sportsmen. Regardless of the source of these claims—whether from White House insiders, campaign donors, media personalities, or environmental pressure groups—it is critical to consider that these claims were fully considered by the Army Corps in the EIS process and dismissed on the basis of overwhelming scientific evidence.

Nonetheless, and apparently because of political intervention, the Corps has since required further environmental mitigation before issuing its record of decision. While the company

prepares to submit its mitigation plan, we urge you to order that the regulatory process now move forward in strict accordance with the law and without further delays based on groundless claims.

There are at least three important reasons why derailing the permitting process for the Pebble Mine would be disastrous. First, killing the first major project to be permitted since your July speech would undermine the credibility of your deregulatory efforts. In particular, it would discourage the mining industry, which is at a low ebb in the United States as the result of decades of regulatory suffocation, from making other multi-billion dollar investments to take advantage of America’s vast mineral potential.

Second, the mine is vital to the economic future for the people living in the Bristol Bay watershed (an area the size of Ohio) and for the State of Alaska. It is located in a remote area where there are few jobs for native villagers and where endemic poverty has fostered serious social dislocations. The recent collapse in oil prices is a painful reminder that Alaska’s economy is overly dependent on oil production and must diversify if it is to flourish in the future.

Third, the mine’s economic benefits go far beyond the jobs in Alaska. The Pebble ore body contains colossal quantities of copper, gold, and molybdenum, as well other strategic minerals such as rare earths. The mine will provide minerals that are critical to high-tech industries in America and the world. It will also create tens of billions of dollars of economic activity across the country. In this regard, reports that China opposes the mine, presumably because it would lessen U. S. dependence on China for strategic minerals, come as no surprise.

The Pebble Mine, although a mere pinprick on the vast Alaska landscape, would create enormous wealth and provide immense economic benefits to America. We urge you to prohibit any further political meddling and let the Corps proceed to issue the permits necessary for this important project to move forward. Thank you for your attention to our concerns.


Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Assistant Secretary, DOI (1988-89)
Secretary of Natural Resources, Virginia (1994-98)
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
The Honorable Gail Griffin
State Representative (AZ)
Chairman Natural Resources Committee
Dr. Donald van der Vaart
Former Secretary, N. C. Department of Environmental Quality
Environmental Science and Law Institute
Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group
Thomas Pyle
American Energy Alliance
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Jennifer Fielder
American Lands Council
Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
U.S. Assistant Attorney General (President Reagan)
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Dr. Rick Scarborough
Recover America Now
Bette Grande
CEO, President
Roughrider Policy Center
Justin Danhof
General Counsel
National Center for Public Policy Research
Daniel Perrin
HSA Coalition
Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America
Kent Glesener, P.E.
Paradigm Construction & Engineering, Inc.
Paula Easley
Board Member
Alaska Policy Forum
Brigitte Gabriel
ACT For America
Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Peter Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Randy M. Long
Long Business Advisors, LLC
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Sean Noble
American Encore
Andresen Blom
Hawaiian Values
The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House
Roxanne Phillips
Executive Committee Member
Council for National Policy
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
Resident Reagan’s Chief Defense and Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner
President, Founder, and National Spokesman
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
Rob Gluskin
Managing Partner
Gluskin Investment Partners
Matthew Tyrmand
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
Danny Tarkanian
Douglas County Commissioner
Douglas County Nevada
Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Steve Milloy
Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach
Paul Gessing
The Rio Grande Foundation
Robert Alt
President and CEO
The Buckeye Institute
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Mike Palicz
Senior Fellow
Center for Worker Freedom
Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director
Digital Liberty
Ryan McKee
State Director
Americans for Prosperity
Dave Duquette
Duquette Strategies
Brent Wm. Gardner
Chief Government Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity

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