Why Won’t They Say It Is About Coal Company Profits?

My LTE in today’s Charleston Gazette

It’s all about profits for coal industry

Editor:

In Ken Ward’s excellent story, “Mining The Mountains: Coal-backed studies evoke controversy,” coal industry public relations hacks say they are concerned about jobs and something called energy security. Never do they include corporate profits, and that is what it is all about.

The coal industry cares so much about jobs that they have since 1940 replaced over 100,000 of those jobs with machines and would eliminate all the jobs if they could design machines to replace the remaining coal miners at a dollar savings. It is about corporate profits, nothing else.

Julian Martin

Charleston

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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