What happens when environmental concerns shut down mines? Governments open them right back up. That is what happened in the Philippines.
The government lifted a ban on mining copper, gold, solver and other complex ores on Tuesday due to fears that not mining was slowing down the economy. The mines were closed when environmental advocates convinced the government of their environmental damage but the government has calculated that this is a secondary concern. Experts say that opening back up the mines for mineral exports could increase export revenue by $2 billion over the next few years. Sorry Mother Earth.