Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Contradicts Richard Carmona’s Campaign


Jeff Flake

Carmona lacks understanding of Arizona-specific issues, geography

PHOENIX – After being questioned by Jeff Flake during a February 16 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee concerning uranium mining, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was forced to admit that the land the Obama administration sought to ban from being mined was actually not in the Grand Canyon or within the Grand Canyon National Park.

Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

Flake: “If those of us who disagree with the decision to remove a million acres, nobody in the Department can say, or it’s not true, that we are advocating to mine in the Grand Canyon. Correct?”

Salazar: “That’s exactly correct.”

Flake: “And by the same token, none of us who disagree with the Department’s decision can be said to be advocating mining within the Grand Canyon National Park either?”  

Salazar: “That is correct.”

Watch video of the exchange here:

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Despite this, Democrat Richard Carmona and his liberal PAC allies persistently and falsely attacked Flake as someone who has called for mining in the Grand Canyon. (“Flake would open Grand Canyon to uranium mining,” Carmona press release, October 20, 2012; “Flake Introduced Bill To Lift Moratorium On Grand Canyon Mining,” Carmona press release, October 20, 2012; “Why is Congressman Flake lobbying for mining uranium at the Grand Canyon,” Carmona fundraising solicitation, October 21, 2012)

Flake supports mining in the Arizona Strip – which, to anyone familiar with Arizona, is not in the Grand Canyon or within the Grand Canyon National Park. In fact, mining has already existed on the Strip for decades. Carmona and the Obama administration seek to prohibit new mining, which would cost jobs and harm the state’s economy in that area.

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.

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Comments

  1. Conservative American says:

    Let’s have a look at Jeff Flake and the mining industry!

    In the 1990’s, before first being elected to Congress, Jeff Flake was registered as a foreign agent, lobbying for Rossing Uranium, a company which operates a uranium mine in Namibia.

    After being in Congress for multiple terms, Flake promoted legislation for an Arizona land swap. Resolution Copper wanted to swap Arizona land it owned for federally owned Arizona land. The reason is that there are huge copper desposits on the federal land which Resolution Copper wants to mine.

    So, what’s wrong with that? It’s good business!

    Well, there’s something called “ethics” which comes into question. How is that? Resolution Copper is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, majority owner of Rossing Uranium!

    So Jeff Flake was a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium prior to going to Congress. Now, as a Congressman, Jeff Flake has promoted and voted for legislation allowing Resolution Copper to trade it’s Arizona land for federally owned land. But Resolution Copper is a subsidary of Rio Tinto which is a majority owner of Rossing Uranium, the company for which Flake was a paid lobbyist prior to going to Congress!

    Mr. Flake, you are supposed to be representing the interests of the people of Arizona now, not continuing to represent the interests of the company for which you were a paid lobbyist prior to becoming a Congressman.

    • Pascoe Vale says:

      The person posting as ‘conservative american’ is a fraud, fake, and a Democrat plant.

      • Conservative American says:

        Hey, Pascoe! What took you so long, LOL! :-)

        Too bad I’m not running for the U. S. Senate! It’s your boy, Jeff Flake, who wants to be a Senator!

        Now, Pascoe, do you have anything, a single shred of evidence, to offer to refute the facts in my comment above? Yes or no?

        The evidence I have presented is pretty damning for your boy Flake. Since you are a Flake supporter I would think that you would want to refute it if you could. Can you? Can you refute what I have written? Yes or no?

        You have the floor, Pascoe! Make your best case for your boy Jeff Flake!

        Have a nice day, illegal alien! :-)

        P. S. Pascoe Vale is a town in Australia. 45% of Resolution Copper is owned by an Australian company, BHP Billiton PLC. Any connection between Pascoe Vale and BHP Billiton PLC? Funny that you would choose the name of a town in Australia as your SA handle!

      • Conservative American says:

        You like to focus on me, PV, instead of on the issues and the Senate race, so let me return the favor! ;-)

        Pascoe Vale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km north from Melbourne’s Central Business District. BHP Billiton is an Anglo–Australian multinational mining and petroleum company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. Their exact street address there is 180 Lonsdale St. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Does BHP Billiton have any operations and offices in Arizona? Why, YES!

        “Base Metals North America”

        “Comprises two operational areas: Reclamation and Closed Mines and Pinto Valley. The offices are located in Tucson, Arizona.”

        So now let’s put the puzzle together, shall we?

        You chose a very unusual user name, Pascoe Vale, which is the name of a suburb of Melbourne, Australia where BHP Billiton PLC is headquatered. BHP has operations in Arizona and their offices are located in Tucson. Flake promoted and voted for a sweeheart deal federal land swap for Resolution Copper which is 45% owned by… BHP Billiton PLC!

        So you are from Australia, Pascoe Vale to be exact. You work for BHP Billiton PLC in Tucson. You support Flake because he has been a great help to your employer. What has BHP Billiton been up to in Arizona lately?

        “BHP looks to selling Arizona copper mine”

        “By Helen Thomas in London”

        “BHP Billiton is exploring a sale of its Pinto Valley copper mine in Arizona, in the latest sign that the world’s largest mining group is streamlining its portfolio of assets amid a more subdued outlook for commodities prices.”

        “People familiar with the matter said that BHP was working with advisers to consider a sale of Pinto Valley, after saying in February it would restart operations at the mine, which produces copper and molybdenum concentrate.”

        “Last month a contract worker was fatally injured and operations were suspended at Pinto Valley. People familiar with the matter said the possible sale was unrelated to this incident.”

        “BHP, which also has an early-stage copper joint venture called Resolution with Rio Tinto in Arizona, declined to comment. The miner is working with Citigroup, other people said, but the bank declined to comment.”

        Ooooh! A contract worker fatally injured! Looking to sell the mine! No wonder you’re out of sorts! You have a lot on your plate, PV!

        “What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” You’re not anywhere near as clever as you think you are, PV!

        Have a nice day, Aussie! ;-)

  2. Conservative American says:

    When Jeff Flake promoted and voted for the Resolution Copper Arizona land trade legislation, he was working to promote the development of America’s natural resources, creating prosperity for America. Or was he?

    Resolution Copper is NOT an American company! It is 55% owned by Rio Tinto PLC, a British corporation, and 45% by the Australian company BHP Billiton PLC! Rio Tinto is, of course, the majority owner of Rossing Uranium for which Flake was a lobbyist in the 1990’s.

    Other mining operations have been carried out on public lands, or a combination of public and private, without an acreage exchange. Here, Resoulution Copper has stated they cannot proceed without direct ownership of the lands involved due to the regulatory uncertainty of working on public lands. Really? How unusual! What are the implications of that?

    The implications are that Resolution Copper, if it decides to drop it’s mining plans for the land, could use that land for other unspecified purposes. With traditional federal land asset management there is a lease arrangement and, as with oil companies, royalties are paid to the federal government. There would be no royalites paid, however, if Resolution Copper owns the land outright. Royalties to the federal government are estimated to be as much as $7 billion if the copper were to be extracted from federally owned land.

    What we see is that Jeff Flake wants to enrich not America, but rather foreign companies with which he has been previously associated as a lobbyist and for which he was registered as a “foreign agent”. We need Republicans in the U. S. Senate who represent the interests of America, not foreign-owned multinational coporations!

  3. Conservative American says:

    55% of Resolution Copper is owned by Rio Tinto PLC, a British corporation. What’s been going on with Rio Tinto?

    “Rio Tinto accused over Bougainville ‘genocide’ ”

    “A US federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit seeking to hold Rio Tinto responsible for human rights violations and thousands of deaths linked to a Bougainville copper and gold mine it once ran.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-26/us-court-revives-rio-tinto-lawsuit/3601136

    The appeals court actually reversed a lower court’s dismissal of claims against the mining giant for genocide and war crimes!

    Rio Tinto is the majority owner of Rossing Uranium for which Jeff Flake worked as a lobbyist before being elected to Congress. Rio Tinto is the same foreign company which also owns 55% of Resolution Copper, whose Arizona land swap deal Flake promoted and voted for!

    • Reality Check says:

      So Jeff Flake is responsible for actions taken in Papua New Guinea while he was a student at BYU because he represented a Namibian mining company years later?

      That article you linked to also demonstrates complete the complete abuse of the Alien Tort Statute by the way.

      • Conservative American says:

        No, Pinko Check, let’s get it right, shall we?

        Jeff Flake was a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium. Rio Tinto is the majority owner of Rossing Uranium. Rio Tinto also owns 55% of Resolution Copper, the outfit for which Flake engineered a sweetheart federal land swap deal here in Arizona. So Flake is tied to Rio Tinto and, as you can see, Rio Tinto isn’t an outfit that you would want to advertise being associated with. That’s why the Flake people always refer only to Resolution Copper.

        Your opinion regarding the Alien Tort Statute is irrelevant. The application of that statute to cases like this is currentlly being considered by SCOTUS. I hope you don’t mind TOO much if I wait for their opinion rather than relying upon yours!

        Now since you have come out half-stepping, presenting failed arguments, it’s time now to really pin your ears back. Ready?

        As described below, the third largest contributor to the Flake campaign is Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. What sort of players are they?

        “New Zealand’s public pension fund pulled more than $1 million in investment from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold over allegations of human rights offenses committed by security forces around the company’s controversial Grasberg mine in Papua.”

        “The fund raised concerns over “breaches of human rights standards by security forces around the Grasberg mine, and concerns over requirements for direct payments to government security forces by the company in at least two countries in which it operates.”

        http://www.livetradingnews.com/freeport-mcmoran-copper-gold-inc-nysefcx-human-rights-abuses-in-indonesia-87622.htm

        “Freeport McMoran pushed to improve human-rights policy”

        “Published Date: 14-02-2003″

        “Shareholder Activism – New York City funds push Freeport McMoran to improve human-rights policy”

        “AFX Global Ethics Monitor – Joanna Sabatini”

        “New York (AFX-GEM) – New York City’s public pension funds have filed a shareholder resolution at Freeport McMoran Corp Copper & Gold Inc which asks the US mining company to improve its international social and human-rights policy.”

        http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=980

        So it isn’t JUST Rio Tinto! Flake’s third largest campaign contributor ALSO seems to have serious problems on the world stage, problems to which even shareholders object! New Zealand’s public pension fund went so far as to pull more than $1 million out of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold!

        Once could be an accident. Twice is not an accident. Flake is tied to BOTH Rio Tinto AND Freeport-McMoRan BOTH of whom have had “problems”, to be generous about it!

        Have a nice day, Pinko Check! ;-)

      • Conservative American says:

        And here is the cherry on top, Pinko Check:

        “Both Freeport and its partner Rio Tinto have been excluded from the investment portfolio of The Government Pension Fund of Norway, the world’s second-largest pension fund, due to criticism over the environmental damages caused by the Grasberg mine.”

        “Grasberg Mine”

        “Owners- Freeport-McMoRan – Rio Tinto
        Property- Grasberg
        Commodity- Gold – Silver – Copper
        Country- Indonesia”

        Freeport-McMoran Corp. Copper and Gold Inc. and Rio Tinto are… PARTNERS!

        So let’s look at how this works.

        Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton get help from Flake but they can’t contribute to his campaign because they are foreign companies. Rio Tinto partners with Freeport-McMoran, which is an American company headquartered in Phoenix, and Freeport-McMoran, being an American company, CAN contribute to Flake’s campaign!

        How sweet it is! ;-)

        I never knew how completely corrupt Jeff Flake is until I started doing this research! He benefits Rio Tinto, a British corporation, by facilitating a federal land swap in Arizona for Resolution Copper, of which Rio Tinto owns 55%. He gets legal U. S. campaign contributions from Freeport-McMoran, his third largest contributor, who is a PARTNER with Rio Tinto in the Grasberg mine in Indonesia! What a slick way for foreign corporations, which Flake has helped to profit, to get legal campaign contributions to him!

        Oh, this is international back room politics at it’s worst AND at the expense of Arizona and The United States! :-(

  4. Conservative American says:

    Jeff Flake is a member of the LDS Church and so, naturally, we see the impact of his Church activities in his life. It was after Flake went on a Mission to Southern Africa that he returned home, registered as a foreign agent and worked as a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium which operates a mine in Namibia.

    We see too that Flake co-authored the STRIVE Act illegal alien amnesty legislation which contained within it, verbatim, the DREAM Act being pushed by fellow Mormon Harry Reid. Those pieces of legislation reflect the position of the LDS Church regarding illegal aliens and illegal immigration.

    Is there any connection between Flake’s activities regarding the mining industry and his Mormon roots?

    “Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation (KUCC), a division of Rio Tinto Group, is a mining, smelting, and refining company. Its corporate headquarters are located in South Jordan, Utah, USA. Kennecott operates the Bingham Canyon Mine, one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world in Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennecott_Utah_Copper_Corporation

    “Kennecott Corporation, the world’s leader in copper output throughout most of the 20th century, had by 1997 ceased to exist as a separate entity. That year it was divided into a group of wholly owned subsidiaries of the British metals and mining company Rio Tinto plc. Rio Tinto, formed by the 1995 merger of Kennecott’s owner RTZ Corporation and CRA Limited, continued to operate Kennecott’s chief U.S. businesses: Kennecott Utah Copper, Kennecott Minerals, and Kennecott Energy. However, these operations were absorbed into Rio Tinto’s copper and energy units. The RTZ-CRA merger, pulling in all of Kennecott’s holdings, made Rio Tinto an international giant in the mining and minerals industry.”

    http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/kennecott-corporation-history/

    So Flake was a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium, the majority of which was owned by Rio Tinto. Flake also promoted and voted for the Resolution Copper land swap deal and 55% of Resolution Copper is owned by Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto also owns the Bingham Canyon Mine, one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world in Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah.

    The question here is not about Flake’s religious beliefs. The question is if he is putting the political ideology of the LDS Church and the interests of Utah ahead of the interests of all of the people of Arizona. As a member of the U. S. House, Flake served a limited constituency in one congressional district. A U. S. Senator, however, must represent the interests of the people of the entire state. Has Jeff Flake demonstrated that he is capable of doing that or has he demonstrated that he is only capable of representing narrow, parochial interests?

    • Reality Check says:

      “Jeff Flake is a member of the LDS Church and so, naturally, we see the impact of his Church activities in his life. It was after Flake went on a Mission to Southern Africa that he returned home, registered as a foreign agent and worked as a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium which operates a mine in Namibia.”

      After he went on his mission, he returned home and went to BYU. You don’t have your timeline straight. You have been doing too much cutting and pasting from Democrat websites.

      • Conservative American says:

        Hey, Pinko Check, welcome to the party! :-)

        No, the timeline is right. It was after his Mission, when he returned to the U. S., that he became a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium. If you have proof to offer to the contrary, let’s see it!

        Have a nice day, Pinko Check! ;-)

        • Reality Check says:

          Nope. Your timeline is wrong. It wasn’t right after his mission. Right after his mission he went to BYU. He didn’t do any lobbying for Rossing until several years later. Stop being a lazy liberal copying and pasting from Democrat websites that have the timeline wrong too and look it up.

          • Conservative American says:

            ROFL! What did I write, Pinko Check, LOL!

            “It was after Flake went on a Mission to Southern Africa that he returned home, registered as a foreign agent and worked as a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium which operates a mine in Namibia.”

            My timeline is right! I didn’t write, “right after”. You wrote that. You’re correcting your own misstatement, LOL!

            But the big picture is that you can’t refute the substance of what I’ve presented. You want to focus on a timeline. Hello, there’s something much BIGGER of concern to voters here than a “timeline”, LOL! AND the statement that I wrote IS 100% accurate. Flake DID, in fact, register as a “foreign agent” and work as a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium AFTER he returned from his Mission in Southern Africa!

            Have a nice day, Pinko Check! ;-)

            • Reality Check says:

              How Clintonesque of you to deny the plain meaning of what you wrote. You were talking about the “impact of his Church activities in his life”. You can claim that you didn’t mean “right after” but that is the clear inference of your words. You were laying out a direct sequence of cause and effect. You were stating that his mission caused him to return to the US and lobby for a mine. And even if there was a delay in time between the cause and the effect, you are still missing something big as to why Flake ended up representing a Namibian mine. And you are missing it because you have just been copying and pasting from Democrat websites.

              • Conservative American says:

                Your subjective interpretations of what I wrote and what you read into what I wrote are completely irrelevant. Only what I actually wrote is relevant. This is what I actually wrote:

                “Jeff Flake is a member of the LDS Church and so, naturally, we see the impact of his Church activities in his life. It was after Flake went on a Mission to Southern Africa that he returned home, registered as a foreign agent and worked as a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium which operates a mine in Namibia.”

                Those statements are 100% true and accurate and if you have any evidence at all to the contrary, produce it! It’s put up or shut up time, Pinko Check!

                Have a nice day, Pinko Check! :-)

              • Reality Check says:

                You still haven’t figured out how you messed it up yet? I thought you would have figured it out by now and come up with some new contrived explanation for how you were right all along.

  5. Conservative American says:

    The third largest contributor to the Flake campaign is Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold with a total of $51,000; $41,000 from individuals and $10,000 from PAC’s.

    The mining industry has contributed a total of $149,302 to the Flake campaign; $100,302 from individuals and $49,000 from PAC’s.

    Freeport-McMoRan has an “interesting” history but we’ll get to that later! ;-)

    • Reality Check says:

      You know that copper mining is one of the biggest industries in Arizona right? It’s one of the 4 C’s. The Arizona Capitol dome is made of copper. You could probably look at the campaign contributions of most statewide or congressional candidates in Arizona since statehood, particularly Republicans, and find that individuals from Freeport-McMoRan, or Phelps Dodge that it merged with, were significant contributors.

      • McJeff McFlake has the “4 C’s” tatooed on his private parts:

        Carbide bit, cabbage, cheap labor, and Chicanos.

        The Flake motto: McDitat Deus

      • Conservative American says:

        Well, Pinko Check, since you INSIST, I guess I’ll have to get into the sordid history of Flake’s third largest campaign contributor, Freeport-McMoRan! Always happy to oblige Pinko requests, LOL! Coming right up! ;-)

  6. The mongoloid posting as “Pascoe Vale” ignores what appears to be hours of exhaustive research and fact-finding by Conservative American, so he can blow one-liners out of his butt. Sub-human droolers with keyboards like this are more suited to please fellow mongoloids on Facebook or Twitter. Hey “Pascoe”, tell us all what’s “trending.” Did Madonna fart on stage?

    • Conservative American says:

      Well, zoo, Pascoe Vale and Pinko Check apparently don’t realize that they are simply helping to make my case. They can’t come up with anything to refute the objective facts I’ve presented and their feeble personal attacks on me and lack of any facts of their own show that they simply can’t defend their boy Flake, LOL! What more could I ask for? ;-)

  7. Conservative American says:

    Let’s summarize a few things. There are three actions to consider:

    1 – Jeff Flake was a lobbyist for Rossing Uranium before becoming a Congressman.

    2 – As a Congressman, Jeff Flake promoted and voted for federal legislation to allow Resolution Copper to trade Arizona land it owned for federally owned land in Arizona. (The federally owned land contains copper which Resolution Copper wants to mine.)

    3 – Flake’s third largest campaign contributor is Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold.

    What connects these three activities?

    1 – Rio Tinto, a British corporation, owns the majority of Rossing Uranium for which Flake was a lobbyist.

    2 – Rio Tinto, a British corporation, owns the majority of Resolution Copper for which Jeff Flake facilitated the Arizona land swap deal.

    3 – Freeport-McMoran, a U. S. company headquartered in Phoenix, is a partner with Rio Tinto in the Grasberg mine in Indonesia.

    So, how does it all work for Flake?

    1 – Rio Tinto, a British corporation, by swapping it’s land for federal land, avoids paying an estimated $7 billion in royalties to the U. S. government on the extraction of copper. It would only have to pay royalties to the U. S. government if it were extracting copper from federally owned land. Flake saved Rio Tinto a bundle of money!

    2 – Rio Tinto, being a British corporation, can’t legally contribute to Flake’s campaign. But Rio Tinto partners with Freeport-McMoran, a U. S. company headquartered in Phoenix, on the Grasberg mine in Indonesia. Freeport-McMoran can and does contribute to Flake’s campaign and is, in fact, it’s thrid largest contributor.

    If you think THAT is slick, wait until you see the schemes Flake comes up with if he is promoted to the more powerful position of U. S. Senator! :-(

    • Reality Check says:

      “2 – Rio Tinto, being a British corporation, can’t legally contribute to Flake’s campaign. But Rio Tinto partners with Freeport-McMoran, a U. S. company headquartered in Phoenix, on the Grasberg mine in Indonesia. Freeport-McMoran can and does contribute to Flake’s campaign and is, in fact, it’s thrid largest contributor.”

      That is comically convoluted. First, neither company can contribute to Jeff Flake’s campaign. Corporations cannot donate to campaigns whether they are US or foreign contributions. Their US citizen and permanent resident employees however can. Second, Rio Tinto and Freeport-McMoRan are big competitors (BHP Billiton, the other partner in Resolution Copper, is a competitor too). That they happen to have one joint venture in Indonesia does not make them partners in Arizona. Using a single mine in Indonesia to tie Freeport-McMoRan employee campaign contributions to Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper deal is ridiculous.

      • Conservative American says:

        Freeport-McMoran can and did contribute to Flake’s campaign and here is the documentation of that:

        http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00009573

        No, Freeport and Rio Tinto are not competitors, they are partners:

        “Grasberg, located in the province of Papua in Indonesia, is one of the world’s largest copper and gold mines in terms of reserves and production. It is owned and operated by Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), the principal and 91 per cent owned subsidiary of the US based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX). The Government of Indonesia owns the remaining nine per cent of PTFI. The joint venture gives Rio Tinto a 40 per cent share of production above specific levels until 2021 and 40 per cent of all production after 2021, as well as representation on operating and technical committees.”

        http://www.riotinto.com/annualreport2007/operationsfinancialreview/copper_group/operations/grasberg/index.html

        Rio Tinto is a British company and cannot legally contribute to Flake’s campaign. Freeport-McMoran, Rio Tinto’s partner, is an American company and can and did contribute to Flake’s campaign.

        Now, Pinko Check, like all Flake supporters, you have yet to present a single shred of factual evidence to either support your candidate or to refute the facts I have presented. You can rant and rave as long as you wish but it doesn’t change the documented facts one iota.

        Have a nice day, Pinko Check! :-)

        • Reality Check says:

          You are so lazy, you didn’t even read your first link. Look at the bottom of the page on opensecrets. It says:

          “The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.”

          Those contributions are personal contributions from employees not from the corporation itself.

          Also, look at:

          http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/citizens.shtml

          Corporations are prohibited from donating directly to campaigns.

          Also, saying Freeport-McMoRan and Rio Tinto are not competitors because they have one joint venture in Indonesia is like saying Toyota and GM were not competitors when they had a single joint venture in California. One joint venture does not stop you from being overall competitors. Rio Tinto and Freeport-McMoRan are competitors in the international copper market.

  8. Conservative American says:

    Just how closely has Jeff Flake specifically aligned himself with the policies of the LDS Church in his role as a U. S. Congressman?

    “Mormon church exchanging land with Kennecott”

    “By Steve Fidel, Deseret News”

    “Published: Monday, Sept. 12 2011 3:11 p.m. MDT”

    “SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church and Kennecott have agreed to a land swap that includes almost 3,300 acres of church-owned land west of the Salt Lake City International Airport.”

    “The deal is not expected to close for several months, but all contingencies in the contract have been cleared, said Carl L. Duke, vice president of portfolio management for Suburban Land Reserve Inc., a property management arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

    “Duke said Kennecott Utah Copper recently expressed interest in land owned by the church, some since the 1940s and some since the 1960s. Some 3,100 acres is situated north of I-80 west of the airport and another 182 acres are south of I-80.”

    “In exchange, PRI (the church’s real estate investment arm) received land located in the southwest part of the Salt Lake Valley. PRI has no current plans for the development of that land,” Duke said in a statement released Monday. Duke added the deal also involves payment by Kennecott to the church.”

    “Exact locations of the parcels have not yet been released.”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705390716/Mormon-church-exchanging-land-with-Kennecott.html?pg=all

    Kennecott Utah Copper is owned by… Rio Tinto!

    Within one month of the LDS Church land swap with Rio Tinto in Utah, Jeff Flake pushed through the U. S. House legislation authorizing a swap of Arizona land with Resolution Copper which is 55% owned by… Rio Tinto! In this case, the land swapped was not owned by the LDS Church but rather it was U. S. federally owned land, taxpayer owned land!

    With these land swap deals being effected less than one month apart, is it credible to believe that this was not a coordinated effort on the part of Jeff Flake? Is it credible to believe that Flake didn’t know about the Utah land swap deal with Rio Tinto? Is it credible to believe that Flake came up with this land swap idea on his own, completely independently of the LDS Church?

    The problem with the land swap deal that Flake orchestrated in Arizona is that it resulted in up to a $7 billion dollar loss to U. S. taxpayers in royalty revenues! That is the amount in royalties that it is estimated that the U. S. government would have recieved from the extraction of copper on the federal land which Flake traded off to Resolution Copper, 55% owned by… Rio Tinto! Once that federal land became owned by Resolution Copper, no royalties would be owed to the federal government for any copper extracted!

    Whose interests has Jeff Flake been representing in the U. S. House of Representatives? Bringing about an estimated $7 billion dollar loss of royalty revenues isn’t representing the interests of taxpayers but it results in up to $7 billion more in net profit for Resolution Copper, 55% owned by… Rio Tinto! With Rio Tinto almost simultaneously doing a land swap with the LDS Church in Utah, Rio Tinto is making out quite well while taxpayers take it in the shorts, thanks to… JEFF FLAKE!

    Do you REALLY want to send this man, JEFF FLAKE, to the U. S. Senate? Do you REALLY want MORE of what he has been doing in the House? Do you REALLY think that JEFF FLAKE is “Conservative”? It looks to me like he’s never stopped working as a lobbyist, despite the fact that he is a U. S.Congressman!

    • Reality Check says:

      You make it sound like Jeff Flake was the only one pushing the Resolution Copper deal. When in fact, it was the entire Arizona Republican Congressional delegation. The Resolution Copper land swap bill was introduced by Gosar not Flake, and Gosar lead the effort to pass the bill in the House. Flake voted for it but so did Schweikert, Quayle, Franks, and of course Gosar.

      The Resolution Copper deal would be a major boost to the Arizona economy and would lead to more high paying mining jobs being created. That is why the entire Republican delegation supports the deal.

      You, however, appear to be cutting and pasting Democrat talking points against the deal. And who lead the fight against the Resolution Copper deal in the House of Representatives? Raul Grijalva. I don’t know too many “Conservative” Americans who side with Raul Grijalva.

      I think this “Pascoe” character may be right about you. First, you oppose school choice, charter schools, and vouchers. Now, you are siding with the Liberal Sierra Club and Radical Progressive Raul Grijalva against the Copper industry. Your true colors are shining through.

      • Conservative American says:

        None of those you mention are currently a candidate for U. S. Senator from Arizona. Only Jeff Flake is.

        “The Resolution Copper deal would be a major boost to the Arizona economy and would lead to more high paying mining jobs being created. That is why the entire Republican delegation supports the deal.”

        That is pure speculation and conjecture on your part. Resolution Copper, 55% owned by British corporation Rio Tinto and 45% owned by Australian corporation BHP Billiton, is under no obligation to mine that land. As a result of Flake’s efforts, Resolution Copper, which is NOT an American company, owns the land outright and can do with it as it pleases within the law. There is no mandate or guarantee that Arizona and Arizonans will realize any benefits whatsoever from the ownership of that land by Resolution Copper, a foreign company.

        ROFL!!!! :-)

        Personal attacks on me are the last refuge of Pinkos like you and the Aussie, Pascoe Vale, who are incapable of making a fact-based case for the corrupt politician you support, Jeff Flake. Call me what you will, it’s of no concern to me. You are obviously confusing me with someone who gives a rat’s patootie what your opinions are, LOL!

        Have a nice day, Pinko Check! :-)

        • Reality Check says:

          They may not be candidates but it puts your position in perspective. You are parroting and promoting the positions of radical progressive Raul Grijalva while attacking the positions of Gosar, Schweikert, Franks, and Quayle in your efforts to go after Jeff Flake. A real conservative wouldn’t be using the propaganda of Grijalva and the Sierra Club.

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