In Western Wisconsin, mining companies are moving in and setting up 700-1,200 acre strip mines. Think of West Virginia with its history of the coal industry. Farmland is ripped up, unproductive holes are left behind, and neighbors suffer reductions in their property values. Property owners come out ahead but their neighbors breath drifting dust and listen to dump trucks 24 hours a day without compensation. In another 15,000 years or so, glaciers will come along and remedy these messes but in the meanwhile land is less productive. Thirty years of good truck driver jobs will be offset by 15,000 years of reduced food production and accompanying jobs.
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