Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here's Your Clean Coal For You

Clean coal.

What a joke. Not only is it an environmental oxymoron, but it contains the blood of workers.

Ken Ward tells the story of Bud Morris, a Kentucky coal miner killed in 2005. He was hit by an underground coal car, losing one leg and having the other crushed. He might have survived. But he was denied even the most basic medical care. He went for nearly an hour without medical treatment, basically bleeding to death in the mine.

Morris' death led to new legislation in Kentucky requiring at least 2 medical technicians in a mine at any time. Of course, the coal companies are fighting that legislation, trying to reduce the number to 1 in small mines.

If it's coal, you know it's evil.