by David Safier
I just caught this in Arizona Geology.
[NOTE: For those of you who are astounded by the depth and breadth of my reading, be astounded no longer. It's all about "Google Alerts." Whenever the words "Al Melvin" come up in any publication anywhere in the world, I get a link from Google. I get a bunch of other alerts on other subjects as well. Hope I didn't disillusion any of you.]
Remember how Grijalva led the fight to protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining in the vicinity? A month ago, I took a walk on the Grand Canyon rim to the west of the main lodge and came to a sign about the uranium mining done there previously and the damage that was done to the environment and the health of people in the area.
Atomic Al has written SCM1007 begging the congress to "refrain from withdrawing certain Arizona lands from new mining claims and exploration." Most of the language is about uranium exploration.
Now here's the truly, truly weird part. SCM1007 is a "concurrent memorial." Memorial? Strange wording, yes?
After all the "Whereas" phrases, Al gets to the "Wherefore" part. Listen to this wording.
Wherefore your memorialist, the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring, prays:
And then he goes into his "prayer" that the Department of Interior keep its hands off our right to mine uranium wherever we please.
Yes, Senator Melvin is praying for uranium mining.
Welcome to the New Normal in the Russell Pearce Republican Legislature.