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Feb 19, 2010....Three activists from the Climate Ground Zero campaign locked themselves down this morning at the main office of Marfork Coal Company, Inc. (subsidiary of Massey Energy Co.) in Pettus, WV with a citizen’s arrest warrant for the company’s top officials.
Founded by poet, radical labor organizer and civil rights advocate Don West in 1965, the Appalachian South Folk honors a long tradition of struggle in the West Virginia coalfields. Mountain Justice held its first two Training Camps here, and some Mountain Justice members say they still dream of Pipestem.
Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin is asking a former top federal mine safety official to conduct an independent investigation of an explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners.
Manchin told the Associated Press on Tuesday that J. Davitt McAteer will serve as his special adviser on issues involving the blast at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine.
McAteer headed the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration during the Clinton administration.
His probe will be independent of separate investigations being done by state and federal officials.
The National Mining Association said in its own press release:
"Bankrupting the coal industry would be tantamount to bankrupting the American economy. Coal generates half of our nation's electricity, employs hundreds of thousands of Americans and provides millions of dollars in revenue to coal states... Destroying the coal industry would break America's energy backbone. It would raise the cost of energy for households and businesses throughout the country and create massive job losses. We trust the candidates understand this and do not believe that destroying the coal industry is part of the change we need."
whatever power plants are being built, they would have to meet the rigors of that market. And the ratcheted down caps that are imposed every year. So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel, and other alternative energy approaches.....
"He was trying to throw a bone to the southern Illinois coal interests . . . and was surprised when people started saying, 'What the heck are you doing?' " said Frank O'Donnell, president of the environmental group Clean Air Watch. "That's a rookie mistake for a presidential candidate, to think you can get in the middle of a controversial issue and no one will notice."
Meanwhile, five protesters clad in surgical masks disrupted the hearing by throwing lumps of coal in front of the coal executives. "Coal is dirty. Coal will always be dirty," shouted one of the protesters, who were organized by Campus Progress, the youth wing of the Center for American Progress. The protestors left the room before Capitol Police officers arrived
The coal operators long term strategy is to drive people out or killing them off. That way they end up spending even less on mining and repairing the damage because fewer folks are left to monitor the destruction. Not to mention that the coal lobby will have fewer competitors when it comes to buying indulgences from entrenched politicians.
When I first turned on the news and saw the accident...... I immediately thought about my comrades in the Energy Action Coalition who are fighting against that very same coal plant....