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 By J. P. Tangen    Op-Ed
Alaska mining lawyer J. P. Tangen in hardhat and parka.

Mining in coastal wetlands permitted

After four years of intensive work and an appeal, a placer mining company finally secures a keystone permit from the Army Corps. I am not in the custom of speaking about matters that I have worked o... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
A gardener digs a shovel of soil in a garden.

Let's bury a little gold in the garden

Each year, I enjoy traveling to Vancouver, B.C., to attend what used to be called the Cordilleran Roundup, sponsored by the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia. It is always a... — Updated 2/1/2024 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
People gathered around a table covered with a mat that says, “THINK GREEN!”

Environmentalists spawn shades of green

For those who pay attention to such things, it appears that a new invasive species of environmentalism has crept onto the scene. I count it as an inevitable evolution of the movement, inasmuch as th... — Updated 1/17/2024 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
A photo with various buzzwords used in today's energy transition.

Suppose we held a party and nobody came?

I suspect that almost everyone is familiar with the "word clouds" that are sometimes used by the media to identify issues ostensibly important to the American public. Pick a subject, and the... — Updated 12/14/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Editorial
Graphic advertising the 2023 AMA Miners for Generations.

It's mining convention season again

Somehow, for those of us who follow the mining industry in Alaska, the first full week of November marks not the end but the beginning of the mining New Year. AMA conventions have occurred in this... — Updated 11/16/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Foreboding black and white view of the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

The silence of Washington is deafening

Generally, when there is a turn of the screw in DC, the pundits bombard the media with insight and analysis, often drawn on their experience with analogous events. Tuesday's vote to unseat the... — Updated 10/5/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

EPA announces new WOTUS amendment

On August 28, the EPA announced a revision to the jurisdictional regulations concerning waters of the United States to conform to the holding in Sackett v. EPA, 598 U.S., decided May 25, 2023.... — Updated 8/31/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Piles of paperwork collect dust in a dimly lit, rustic storage room.

Just because you are a little paranoid ...

They say that just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. That certainly is the case with regard to America's Administrative State. Some of us have lived and breathed the... — Updated 8/3/2023

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Let's all Celebrate the 4th of July

With all due apologies to our Canadian friends (who celebrate their independence on Saturday), next Tuesday is our big day! Cynicism aside, it is time to recognize just how great America is in... — Updated 7/27/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Bureau of Land Management signpost outside Anchorage District Office.

The nuts are in charge of the nut house

Mark your calendar. June 30, 2023, will be just one more Day in Infamy when catastrophic changes at the hands of the Bureau of Land Management will reach their nadir. (These days, it seems,... — Updated 6/1/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Map showing the many critical mineral occurrences across Alaska.

I feel the earth moving under my feet

Let's talk about electric car batteries, their mineral content, the source of the minerals, and where those minerals are refined. Generally speaking, according to a recent piece in the Washington Po... — Updated 5/4/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Map of Alaska resources project locked up by federal regulations and actions.

President Biden Gives Janus a bad name

The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980, as every Alaska school child should know, was a great compromise, engineered by Senator Ted Stevens and supported even by... — Updated 4/6/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Capitol dome in Washington DC with crack down middle over the American flag.

America's regulatory system is broken

As America gravitates toward an increasingly strong central government, the disparity of the regulatory system is becoming increasingly blatant. This is not the view of a few, it is the concern of... — Updated 3/11/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Hard times call for a modest proposal

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you are aware that the National Debt exceeds $30 trillion dollars and our Gross Domestic Product is a little over $26 trillion, so we are... — Updated 2/2/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building.

We can all look forward to a bright 2023

At long last the new year is here! Behind us are the floods, blizzards, pandemics, elections, and the vast array of distractions that have clouded our skies. It is time to get down to business.... — Updated 1/18/2023 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Mining haul truck decked out for the holidays.

Life is full of little disappointments

It is always wise to count our blessings, especially halfway between election day and Christmas. I juxtapose those dates because the seasonal background noise is seamless. Election day blends into... — Updated 12/1/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Graphic of a fork in the road with signs pointing left, center, and right.

It's a very topsy-turvy world out there

Politically, the United States has been on a long slow drift to the left ever since Franklin Roosevelt threatened to expand the Supreme Court in 1937 in order to get his progressive agenda back on... — Updated 10/6/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Editorial
Map of Ukraine and surrounding Eastern European countries with compass.

It's 1, 2, 3, 4 whata we fightin' for?

Being cynical by nature, and having a solid distrust of the integrity of the popular press, it crosses my mind that the political determination of the United States and its NATO allies to dump our... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Editorial
Justice Neil Gorsuch and the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Is America a Republic or a Democracy?

With the recent rash of opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court this spring, there has been a great deal of conversation about whether the 'democracy' is at risk. Whether we are a republic... — Updated 8/4/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
A Sen. Lisa Murkowski bracelet.

Sen. Murkowski puts shoulder to the wheel

Those of us who watch such things are well aware that Senator Murkowski has been the strong vocal lead in the Senate when it comes to sounding the alarm that the country is at substantial risk due... — Updated 6/30/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
A stylized adobestock picture of the word greenwashing on paper in a typewriter.

Alaskans are being greenwashed - again

When I first heard the term "greenwashed," I naturally assumed that it referred to the endless stream of misrepresentations that the American Environmental Industry dumps on a gullible public as par... — Updated 5/12/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Alaska Miners Association Fairbanks fete Mining Day General Law 1872 opinion

AMA plans Mining Day fete in Fairbanks

On April 12, 2013, Governor Sean Parnell signed into law Senate Bill 1, "An Act establishing May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day; and providing for an effective date" (Chapter 6, SLA 2013),... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
President Biden administration jackleg Russia China opinion Alaska mining law

Biden demonstrates mining ignorance

This past week the Biden Administration released a document ineptly entitled "Fundamental Principles for Domestic Mining Reform." It would have been more accurately called "Eleven Ways to End... — Updated 3/10/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Imagine a jigsaw puzzle without edges

In today's topsy-turvy world, perhaps the question we all should be asking is, in the unforgettable opening words of Admiral James Stockdale during the 1992 Vice Presidential debate, "Who am I, why... — Updated 3/4/2022 Full story

 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Gray Lady serves Tesla a sucker punch

In 1951, Life Magazine (remember "Life"?) dubbed the New York Times the "Old Gray Lady" "by way of acknowledging its special marks: starch conservatism and circumspection." How things have changed!... — Updated 2/3/2022 Full story


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