I need to provide arguments that mining is not horrible for the environment. I'm trying to look for stories that explain positive effects of mining, or how they help the environment (even if indirectly or in a small way). This is just very hard to find. Thank you.
Here are some sites that may be of use.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Positive+aspects+of+mining&btnG=Google+Searchposted by GuruBlue