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Guilty Verdict Sends Message to Big Coal: Don't Endanger Workers

Robert Weissman | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

For far too long in this nation's history, coal operators have recklessly endangered their workers' lives, with thousands of workers dying in accidents and many hundreds of thousands more dying and suffering from black lung and associated diseases.

We Need More Government Regulation of Businesses... Not Less

David Macaray | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Our understanding of human nature, the laws of economics, the history of mankind, and a quick glance in the mirror tell us everything we need to know. In short, that so-called "self-policing" doctrine promoted by free market zealots is a howling fraud.

Boston, Texas and Corporate Criminal Justice

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

The Boston Marathon bombings killed three and injured more than 180. The West, Texas industrial explosion killed at least 14 and injured more than 180. Guess which one drew the greater media and law enforcement response?

Dave Jamieson

Mine Disaster Families Plead With Congress: 'It's Been Two Years' (VIDEO) | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than two years after losing their loved ones, relatives of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster traveled from West V...

John Rudolf

West Virginia Mine Boss Gary May Charged in Fatal Explosion | John Rudolf | Posted 02.22.2012 | Green

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia filed criminal charges on Wednesday against a former senior supervisor of the Upper Big Branch coal mine, where a...

Dave Jamieson

House Dems: Coal Industry Rep Gave 'Questionable' Testimony On Whistleblower Retaliation | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats have accused a coal industry representative of giving "questionable" testimony during a hearing on mine safety reform ea...

Capitalism didn't save the miners

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The WSJ published a ridiculous article yesterday that claims Capitalism saved the Chilean miners, and opens with a boldface lie when writer Daniel Hen...

Dan Froomkin

West Virginia Mine Explosion Leads To More Enforcement And Disclosure | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It was back on April 5, right around the afternoon shift change, when methane gas or coal dust or both suddenly ignited in the Upper Big Branch coal m...

HuffPostTV: Dan Froomkin Talks Mine Safety On C-SPAN (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost Senior Washington Correspondent Dan Froomkin appeared on C-SPAN on Friday to discuss coal mine safety and a recent National Press Club appear...

The Ethical Responsibility of Engineers and the Rest of Us, Too (Part 2)

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Shouldn't every gathering of a community of faith either explicitly or implicitly strengthen our expanding ethical commitment to the common good?

Massey CEO Don Blankenship's Bad Week Ahead

Swamp Politics | Kim Geiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship has a tough week ahead. Blankenship, whose actions at the Massey helm have been under scrutiny after a massive e...

Eco Etiquette: How Can I Reduce My Oil Footprint?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Seeing what's happening w...

The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.03.2010 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

When a corporation falls short of regulatory standards it does not do so accidentally. Rather, it is a calculated choice based on risible enforcement efforts and piddling penalties passed by legislators on the take.

Common Theme of Gulf Oil Spill, Wall Street Collapse: Unrestrained Corporate Recklessness

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Creamer

International corporations have no loyalty whatsoever to our country or its welfare. They are huge, free-floating international organizations dedicated to only one goal: making as much money as possible for themselves.

Massey and Mine Safety and Health Administration Missed Many Opportunities to Avert Crisis

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

Given what we know from a 2006 crisis at another Massey Energy mine, why was the company not on a heightened alert to these fire-fighting equipment problems at Upper Big Branch?

Mine Disaster Company Sues Mine Safety Regulator For Allegedly Violating Its Constitutional Rights

Wall Street Journal | KRIS MAHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Massey Energy Co. sued the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and three of its officials Tuesday, arguing that the agency wouldn't approve ...

Climate Denial -- or Just Plain Evil?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Do Blankenship's recklessness and indifference to the fate of others make him an outlier in his industry? Sadly, the answer's no.

The Miners Are Still Nameless

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

As of this writing, the 29 miners remain officially nameless, except to their bosses at the Upper Big Branch mine.

Is Massey's Ruby Engine Mine Even More Unsafe Than Upper Big Branch?

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

The Mine Safety and Health Administration's Coal Division head Kevin Stricklin had been scheduled to meet with Massey Energy officials before the Apri...

How Do We Hold a Corporation Responsible?

Ellen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Smith

There are no provisions to hold accountable those people who are responsible for mining safety policies and procedures, or the corporate executives who insisted it was more important to "run coal" than to build ventilation.

Time for a New Humane Capitalism ... or Else

Cleve Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cleve Stevens

For decades we have engaged in a type of capitalism that is simply unsustainable, an approach to industry that is not only bad in some ethical sense, but also fundamentally impractical in a business sense.

Don Blankenship Called Safety Regulators ‘As Silly As Global Warming'

Think Progress | Brad Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

At his Labor Day anti-union rally last year, Massey CEO Don Blankenship attacked the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), claiming it "seeks ...

Standing Up for Coal Miners

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Berkowitz

Some things have changed over the years. Mining is now much less labor intensive. Some things have not changed. It is still dangerous. Miners keep dying in the Upper Branch Mine.

Eco Etiquette: Are Women Greener Than Men?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. I got into a heated debat...

West Virginia Coal Miner Left Note Before Fatal Explosion (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"If anything happens to me, I'll be looking down from heaven at you all. I love you. Take care of my baby. Tell her that daddy loves her, she's beauti...