Coal Crook Tuesday


Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants the Justice Department to investigate and potentially prosecute ExxonMobil for corporate fraud.

The Vermont senator is alarmed by reports that the energy giant spread doubt about climate change despite knowing since 1977 that global warming was both underway and fueled by its own operations. Bankrolling a disinformation campaign helped stymie climate action and “may have caused public harm,” Sanders said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

A tobacco-style case against the whole oil and gas industry on racketeering charges may sound unlikely, but prospects are growing. And all heavily compensated executives who run fossil-fuel companies should heed the federal trial of a de-throned coal king in Charleston, West Virginia.

Prosecutors accuse Don Blankenship of conspiring to violate health and safety laws and to cover up that wrongdoing. The former Massey Energy CEO was also indicted for lying to shareholders and financial regulators about his company’s safety practices after an explosion killed 29 men at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in 2010.

Investigators have tied the defendant’s reckless management style to the mine’s galling conditions.

While Blankenship’s personal legal woes technically have nothing to do with the fact that coal pollution is a big source of climate-disrupting emissions, the former executive calls global warming as a hoax. He supports climate-denial groups and attends their conferences.

The fallen coal baron refuses to apologize for the miners’ deaths or admit that he did anything wrong despite a damning parade of witnesses.

Blankenship also exposed himself as a heartless boss with his Nixonian penchant for recording his own conversations. And he abused his low-paid housekeeper so badly that he lost a West Virginia Supreme Court case over a labor dispute with her. Bill Taylor, the former CEO’s lead defense lawyer, admitted to jurors that his client is “rude and insulting.”

In short, Blankenship is a superb villain.

Emily Schwartz Greco @ OTHERWORDS

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30 Responses to Coal Crook Tuesday

  1. º¿carol says:

    So sorry about all your aches and pains, Den. Bob is in your position but add to that the fact he can’t breathe. His back pain is awful, hard to control. Vicodin, the generic, kind of works, but he has to take more and more of it and doesn’t want to. His doc tried him on morphine, it didn’t work. He has a finger that aches and throbs all time, nothing stops that pain, not even the Vicodin clone.

    Yesterday Pete suggested a heating pad for his back, so he started using it yesterday, a little bit this morning then read the rules on it. Apparently, he should NOT use a heating pad on his back, so that’s that.

    Our Blue Care Advantage, the new formulary for 2016…his Vicodin clone has been scratched. NOW what?


    • Den says:

      No matter what Blue care says if the doctor prescribes a med they have to provide it.
      He (Doc) might have to submit some paperwork to get it approved however.
      Tried Norco yet? They work for me somtimes, Oxycontin locks up your digestives.
      Check the side effects of the meds he is on now, look for joint pain, that is what I did, dropped statins and Metho. some withdrawal pain involved.

      Jaw pain subsiding today, donut holes passed through the gate, kinda funny how it suddenly showed up. Talking too much maybe.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Keystone XL


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Something about statins in today’s TNYT.


    • Den says:

      More statin promotion and not one indication of side effects.
      Sure I could continue and live a life filled with muscle pain but where is the quality there?
      I might die of stroke or heart attack but at least I will not be writhing in pain unable to the most elementary of functions like walking climbing or lifting.

      Statins should be limited to no more than 5 years of use during which time dietary changes can be adjusted, reducing the need. Not a good career opportunity.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Tokyo Seoul after 45 minutes on the sticks. Not as far as the Birch & Barley along much the same route so I guess I was slow.

    I counted 29 blue and 19 green vehicles along the way.

    Having salmon teriyaki bento box dinner again.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Time stamps still daylight.


  6. Den says:

    Looking around Pullman for a house.

    I found this gem which appears to be an electrocution hazard as evidenced by radio placement in the kitchen and heater vent outlet in one of the bedrooms:

    However it is affordable, 🙂


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Nippy out. Need to start taking along my mitts.

    Day 3: 40+45=85 minutes.
    Feet fine.


  8. Den says:

    38 predicted here, BRRRRVee!

    Maybe Desert Hot Springs…


  9. Den says:

    Time to go heat up the ARRVee, brrr, cold and damp out there.
    Yup a weather wimp alright.


  10. David B. Benson says:

    Some always complain about the weather. 😐


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