The above link is for those who'd like to sign a petition to stop any new mining in and around the Grand Canyon.
As the march of "progress" continued the Grand Canyon was chosen for preservation so that it could be enjoyed as it is in a natural state. The theory being that some places are just too spectacular to be destroyed. A left leaning liberal arguement would be that we have done enough damage to the environment, and need to stop the trend of mining at all costs. A right leaning arguement is more fiscally driven and uses the rational "conservative" means being cautious and slow moving because we don't need to just jump right in a raid our country's resources in a haphazard fashion. In short, there are mines that exist, and technology that is being developed that would make this type of mining uneccessary.
Regardless of your political leaning, I think that you can agree that the Grand Canyon, as a national treasure, and one of the great natural wonders of the world, is one of the last places that we need to exploit for energy needs. Let's look elsewhere, and preserve the Grand Canyon for future generations.