Thursday, April 08, 2010

CEO of Mine Where 25 Workers Were Killed Is a Teabagger

From Hullabaloo (via Alternet):

Well, well, well … looks like our Mining CEO is a teabagger. Karoli at C&L writes:

Meet Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy Company. Blankenship is also on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce. In this speech above, he denies climate change, derisively refers to Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid, and others as “greeniacs”, and calls them all crazy. Watch the speech, you’ll see. In his mind, “the greeniacs are taking over the world.”

Massey Energy Company, Blankenship’s highly successful strip-mining and mountaintop removal operation is the parent company of Performance Coal Co, where a tragic explosion occurred on April 5th. As of this writing, 25 miners have died and 4 more are still missing. Twenty-five families are without a loved one. Four more may discover they have lost someone they love too. 29 families in all, forever changed by one single, violent event in a coal mine. One single violent event in a coal mine run by a company so obsessed with profit it runs roughshod over employees’ and neighbors’ health and safety.

Here’s something else about Don Blankenship and Massey Energy Company: Blankenship spent over $1 million dollars along with other US Chamber buddies like Verizon to sponsor last year’s Labor Day Tea Party, also known as the “Friends of America Rally.” Here’s Massey’s pitch. Note how he makes it sound like he isn’t one of the corporate enemies of America.

The Friends of America Rally featured such notables as Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent, and Hank Williams, Jr., and was graced by Blankenship himself going off on a diatribe that seemed strange at the time, but has come to be commonplace these days. It concerned President Obama, Democrats, and any one who doesn’t salute God, coal, and apple pie. Oh, and we’re also going to ’steal their jobs,’ if Hannity is to be believed.

Blankenship and Massey Energy spend millions to defend unsafe workplaces

This guy is a perfect phony populist. Laughably, he pretends that he speaks for labor and even talks about “bad corporations” and Republicans along with his indictment of government, environmentalists, Democrats, global warming, immigrants and unions. He’s quite the piece of work:

See the rest here.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

According to this morning's Washington Post, "The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has ordered the evacuation of miners from parts of the Upper Big Branch coal mine 64 times since the beginning of 2009 because of safety violations, but federal regulators said the mine did not show the 'pattern of violation' that would have allowed them to take harsher measures."

It's a foregone conclusion that the government has sat back, for the last thirty years, and allowed companies such as Massey Energy Company to flagrantly violate laws and regulations set in place to protect American workers, in addition to conspicuously looking the other way when violators pollute our air, water and ecosystems at-large.

The crescendo is becoming more and more noticeable, and more and more intolerable and unbearable. Is it not noticeable to the American people that we've been so covertly and systematically overtaken, not by armed troops marching down main street, but instead by financial sociopaths throwing millions of dollars at our three branches of government? Isn't it obvious that we've been overtaken by a slow motion coup d' état, intent on destroying and nullifying every democratic process put into place by our constitution? Isn't it apparent that corporate America, including the banking cartel, is nothing more than a crime syndicate dictating how tax monies will be spent and the policies of this nation?

It's time for people...working people, students, liberals and conservatives alike, to band together to stop the encroachment of corporate influence (i.e., money) from taking over our government -- the country of "We, the people". We're surely at a crossroads, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Will we be so fortunate to rediscover the yellow-brick road? I'm not so sure, because it seems to me that we're going down the path to oblivion.

3:40 PM  

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