Trump vows to bring mineral-rich Minn. ‘roaring back to life’

Source: By Hannah Northey, Timothy Cama, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The former president, in a speech in Minnesota on Friday, touted tariffs his administration imposed in 2018 on imported steel as beneficial to the state’s mining industry.

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Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks Friday at the Minnesota Republican Lincoln Reagan Dinner at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Abbie Parr/AP

Former President Donald Trump is promising to revive a key mining region in Minnesota where the Biden administration has blocked activity to the dismay of Republicans.

Trump during a GOP fundraising event Friday vowed to “rescue the Iron Range,” a sprawling iron-ore mining district around Lake Superior and recalled how miners in the past thanked him for boosting jobs in the area.

“I was here, and miners and people were coming up to me and they had tears in their eyes — ‘thank you, sir, for giving us our livelihood back,’” Trump said at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner, a GOP fundraising event in St. Paul.

The Biden administration in recent years moved to undo a number of Trump-era approvals tied to mining and made other policy changes that could hurt the mineral sector in Minnesota, despite growing demand for minerals like nickel and copper to feed electric vehicle, transmission and renewable energy technology.