Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Minerals are the linchpin of economic growth and social progress, not just domestically but around the world. Considering that over 1 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity, expanding all forms of mineral production, especially copper, will be essential to advancing social and economic progress. Meeting the demand for critical minerals, safely and with due respect for our environment, should be our goal. It is equally important for mining companies to explain to the public how they operate and why what they do is important to this generation and to future generations who will depend on the minerals they provide.

Florence Copper is operating its Production Test Facility and has been doing so since April 2019. The PTF has operated safely with no adverse impacts on the town of Florence or its residents. 

Florence Copper is a prime example of how innovation and technology can pave the way for safe and responsible minerals development within Arizona. But why is this important? And how is a project like Florence Copper relevant to the people of Florence?

Over the next four decades, the world’s energy system will see profound developments. The key driver in this change is the projected growth in global population and prosperity as emerging nations enter their most energy-intensive phase of economic development. Millions are escaping from poverty. And in so doing, demanding their share of energy and mineral resources. Underlying global demand for minerals by 2050 could triple from its year 2000 level if emerging economies follow historical patterns of development.

Now is the time for the Florence Town Council to focus on jobs and the economy. Now is the time for the Florence Town Council to help businesses of all sizes grow and prosper. Now is the time for the Florence Town Council to redirect its efforts toward a revitalized downtown. Now is the time for a change.

Bill Tanner