Electric utilities eat up an awful lot of Copper Country income that is needed to reinvigorate the LOCAL economy, not line the pockets of out-of-state utility companies.
Even the old copper mining companies here recognized the value of clearing cropland alongside their mining locations. They used the crops to feed livestock – those poor beasts of burden that spent years in the dark drifts & stopes, and the cattle that fed miners when the Lakes froze incoming food shipments.
There is a solid future in sustainably growing biofuel crops for fueling local power plants. Not to mention abundant solar & wind resources that can & must replace dirty coal power. – Copperland Corporation is working hard to demonstrate this cleaner future.