I recently came back to New England from a visit to the Grand Canyon National Park--a trip that reaffirmed my commitment to protect this spectacular place and the surrounding area for future generations.
When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that the vast, nuclear destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945 -- at least not yet. But, in reality, nuclear weapon-related destruction has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties.
The National Mining Association's president recently wrote that the impact of uranium mining on Grand Canyon National Park is "virtually nonexistent." That's about as reassuring as BP saying that deep water oil drilling poses virtually no risk to the Gulf of Mexico.
If every action has an equal reaction, then I wonder what poisoning our Mother Earth will bring us? The stark beauty of the high desert in Monument Valley, reminds us how fragile life is. Man can so easily disturb the balance of nature with fatal effects for all.
Uranium mining doesn't belong here. It would wreak havoc on our local economies, our water supply, and our beautiful, quintessentially Western landscape all while putting tens of thousands of jobs in jeopardy.
The National Parks Conservation Association strongly supports Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar's decision to prevent new uranium claims near the Grand Canyon, and takes odds with the recent Wall Street Journal editorial critical of his action.