Here we go again
A bankrupt coal company wants to cut off benefits to its miners while at the same time giving huge bonuses to its executives. Doesn't this sound like what happened with Patriot Coal's bankruptcy last year? (I wrote about it here.) Yes, and that's exactly what's happening in the bankruptcy proceedings . . .
Even when it isn't
For most Republicans, Fox News, and our local "newspapers," it's always Obama's fault. And it's always been his fault. (My favorite Republican example is the survey of Louisiana Republicans that held Obama, rather than George Bush, responsible for the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I also assume you saw that . . .
Delegate Rupie Phillips passes out sun screen to delegates (as protection from global warming)
According to today's Charleston Gazette-Mail, Rupie Phillips, a Democrat from Logan County passed out sun screen yesterday to fellow legislators to help protect them from global warming:
Democratic Delegate Rupie Phillips passed around the bottles of sunscreen Thursday.
The lawmaker from coal-producing Logan County told . . .
Drug testing is back
This morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail is reporting that the legislature is looking at drug testing for welfare recipients:
The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee advanced legislation (SB 6) Tuesday that would mandate drug testing for about 2,000 adults who receive welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance . . .
A right-to-work bill by any other name would smell as badly
You can tell the legislature is back in session -- the right-to-work editorials/columns are back. Yesterday's News-Register editorial, "Giving Workers Right to Choose," is surprise, surprise in favor of this year's version of right-to-work legislation. This . . .
Some thoughts on today's moratorium on federal land coal-mining leases
As the Washington Post reported this morning:
The Obama administration on Friday ordered a moratorium on new leases for coal mined from federal lands as part of a sweeping review on the government’s management of vast amounts of taxpayer-owned coal throughout the West.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell . . .
For towns and states that don't matter
The effects of coal ash dumping in nearby Fayette County, Pennsylvania
From Monday's "Power Source" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Only about 250 people live in La Belle, a former coal mining patch on an inside bend of the Monongahela River in Luzerne Township, Fayette County. It’s so tiny that it doesn’t . . .