What is most interesting about Northern Dynasty's ad is not just the image of our EPA depicted as a "black box," linking the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment with the current government scandals. More interesting is that Northern Dynasty feels compelled to take out such an ad, which is presumably very expensive. I look at that ad, in support of a project that I oppose, and I feel very, very proud of my country. In almost any other nation on earth, giant foreign mining companies would have no need whatsoever to pay for and run such an ad. The mine permits would be paid for in some unpublicized handshake deal, and the mining would begin, and to the Devil with the people, the salmon, and the rest of the consequences. There would be no functioning EPA to rail against. My country is still in the fight to give its citizens a say over what happens to them and their lands and waters and fisheries, and right has every chance to prevail.