A popular place for mining

Nevada placed first in the Annual Survey of Mining Companies compiled by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian political organization which was created with tobacco money and is now funded by the Koch brothers. The “Investment Attractiveness” survey this year ranked 83 jurisdictions for “geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and the extent to which government policies encourage or deter exploration and investment.” Thus, “attractiveness” on this list could mean unattractiveness on environmental concerns.

Placed after Nevada were Western Australia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Alaska, Chile, Utah, Arizona, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.