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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?

Signs Emerge Of Who Authorities May Target After West Virginia Mine Explosion

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 11.29.2012 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Federal prosecutors investigating the West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 men widened their net Wednesday, filing crimina...

Dave Jamieson

Mine Disaster Families Plead With Congress: 'It's Been Two Years' (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Panel Blames Regulation Enforcement For Deadly West Virginia Mine Explosion

AP | JOHN RABY | Posted 03.24.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration could have prevented or reduced the likelihood of an April 2010 explosion in so...

John Rudolf

West Virginia Mine Boss Gary May Charged in Fatal Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Former West Virginia Mine Boss Charged

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 04.23.2012 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal prosecutors investigating the West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 men are working their way up the corp...

Dave Jamieson

House Dems: Coal Industry Rep Gave 'Questionable' Testimony On Whistleblower Retaliation

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Massey Rejects Feds Findings On Mine Explosion

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Massey Energy Co. on Friday rejected nearly every part of the federal government's theory on what caused the deadly explosio...

Mining CEO Defiant After West Virginia Disaster Announces Retirement

AP | VICKI SMITH and MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

RICHMOND, Va. — Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the month, finishing a nearly ...

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...

Feds: West Virginia Mine Contained Excess Of Highly Explosive Coal Dust Prior To Disaster

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 1,400 samples collected inside West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine show excessive amounts of coal dust were pres...

Doomed West Virginia Miners Warned Of Coal Dust

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

JULIAN, W.Va. — About the time Michael Elswick was wrapping up work deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine, he phoned a colleague on the surface ...

Dan Froomkin

West Virginia Mine Explosion Leads To More Enforcement And Disclosure

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

New Evidence Of Explosive Methane Levels Found In West Va. Mine

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal official says a handheld meter found deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine detected explosive levels of methane be...

West Virginia Mine Explosion Investigator: Methane May Be Bubbling Up

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

UPDATE: Scroll down for full story: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal official says a handheld meter found deep inside the Upper Big Branch mine det...

Coal Giant: Don't 'Rush To Judgment' Blaming Us For West Virginia Mine Explosion

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A 36-foot crack in the Upper Big Branch mine isn't venting methane and didn't contribute to a blast in April that killed 29 ...

Doomed West Virginia Mine Slated To REOPEN Despite Ongoing Investigations

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Massey Energy plans to resume extracting coal by constructing a new entrance to its Upper Big Branch mine within months, des...

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...

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster: Justice Department Investigating Massey For 'Willful Criminal Activity'

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors said Friday they are investigating whether there was "willful criminal activity" by the company that operates t...

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 eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Seeing what's happening w...

Massey Mine Disaster Investigation: Initial Probe Will Be Conducted Behind Closed Doors

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have decided not to convene a public hearing in the early stages of their investigation into the deadly explosio...

The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | 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.