The move by Earthworks to begin a Pebble boycott strikes me as a bit premature:
Jewelers are being asked to boycott gold from a huge open pit mine proposed for Alaska that many Alaska Natives fear will ruin their way of life.For a mine that has not even entered the permitting process, that is facing distinct opposition from some powerful political forces, and doesn't even really have a well-defined mine plan, it strikes me as a little odd to skip over that process entirely (however flawed it may be) and conclude that any gold from Pebble (should, in fact, any be poured) would be worth boycotting. What if the permitting process produces a mine that protects Bristol Bay (perhaps not feasible but still...)? Or what if the process collapses and the mine goes nowhere.
An ad campaign launched this week in National Jeweler, an industry news tabloid, is designed to educate jewelers about the Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay watershed, home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.
Either way, it seems like 10 or 20 thousand dollars that could be better spent.
(I know I just wrote that dissidents should use whatever tools are at their disposal but they should at least do a little cost-benefit analysis first.)