Dear Mr. President: I am writing you as a dutiful, concerned, and stressed-out husband and expectant father from Charleston, West Virginia. My first child is due in just three weeks. I don't know how I am going to safely care for my son after he is born when I can't trust my water supply.
To hell with you all for continuing to exploit the lax, poorly-enforced safety regulations here, so that you could do your business in the cheapest manner possible by shortcutting the health and quality of life not only of your workers, but of everybody who lives here.
The coal industry has a long history in West Virginia, but it's time for a new era -- one in which companies play by the rules, honor environmental safeguards and don't endanger people's health with toxic pollution and chemical spills.
We were visiting Jilin City, in Jilin Province, where a devastating flood pierced through homes, killed hundreds and brought 7,000 buckets of chemicals, some empty, some explosive, into a nearby river.