A gentle pointer to the New York Times

On the subject of mountaintop removal mining:

For their part, instead of preaching financial ruin, the coal companies need to develop ways to mine this coal without blasting the tops off mountains and fouling the waters below.

Thing is, we know how to do that. It\’s called underground mining.

And it kills people.

So, whadda ya want? Dead miners or dead salamanders?

5 thoughts on “A gentle pointer to the New York Times”

  1. Underground mining doesn’t have to kill people. Here in Australia, mine workers are far more likely to hurt themselves driving to and from work than they are when working underground. Yes, there are injuries and rarely deaths, and each one is regrettable, but the rate is comparable with other industries.

    What is a mystery is that the US mining industry has such a poor safety record compared to Australia.

  2. What is a mystery is that the US mining industry has such a poor safety record compared to Australia.

    Not when you consider that the American health and safety system OSHA consists of thousands of blokes paid to tick boxes which means everything is all right, blokes who will make damned sure the system is not changed.

  3. Coal miners in the USA are probably the least likely trade to support any form of socialism. Their union heads are a different story.

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