Why? Because he and other environmental extremists have one agenda in mind: to eliminate the coal industry from the state economy.
Radmacher uses an extended quote from historian John Williams who he (Radmacher) admits, "I tend to agree with." One of the excerpted statements says it all: "Coal is a curse upon the land that yielded it." We certainly hope that Radmacher's opinion is not shared by the entire editorial board of the Gazette.
The most highly trained and highly paid miners in the world are in an extremely sophisticated and competitive mining industry in West Virginia. Their productivity has enabled our state to account for 50 percent of all U.S. coal exports. Closer to home, we are one of the top coal producers in the United States, and our efficient operations result in very inexpensive electric utility costs for West Virginians.
We have also made tremendous strides in reclamation techniques and in coal miner health and safety, and we are committed to doing better.
On behalf of the thousands of West Virginian men and women who mine coal, we urge the Gazette to provide more balanced reporting on the issue of mountaintop removal and understand the importance of this method of mining to the future viability of the coal industry and the preservation of thousands of jobs in West Virginia.