Today, we celebrate the fourth annual National Miners Day. American miners work every day to provide the necessities of life. They deserve protection on the job from workplace hazards that have killed tens of thousands and injured hundreds of thousands of miners throughout our history
We all know money talks, but surely not to the American justice system, right? Bruce Stanely knows it does, at least in West Virginia where powerful coal baron Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, bought two West Virginia Supreme Court Justices. Stanely, presenting the book about his experience, The Price of Justice, told 55 attendees in an overflow crowd at Carmichael’s Book Store Frankfort Ave. about the 14-year struggle he took part in against Massey Energy and its coal baron mastermind Blankenship. The struggle would result in sabotaged computers, behind the scenes trips to the French Riviera, betrayal by disgruntled lovers, and winning a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s the sort of intrigue that usually belongs in a Grisham novel—in fact, Grisham has publicly said he wishes he wrote the book.
Black lung – a preventable occupational disease – has been the underlying or contributing cause of death of more than 76,000 miners since 1968, according to figures from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Decreased demand for electricity, lower carbon prices and the competitiveness of renewable forms of energy are making new fossil fuel plants a bad investment decision in Europe. What does this mean for the United States?
After dumping 22,500 pensioners and their dependents, the two largest U.S. coal companies hightailed it out of Kentucky and West Virginia, using Patriot Coal as their get-away vehicle.