Scare tactics won't help coal's future
I'm guilty. I'm pro-union, an environmentalist, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I voted for Barack Obama for president twice; once in West Hollywood, Calif., and once in Monongalia County, W.Va. I am now a proud citizen of West Virginia, one who would never resort to the kind of name-calling Bob Murray uses to describe people he sees as his enemies.
The coal industry has fought every attempt to clean the air, slow or halt climate change, provide safety for its workers or guarantee them health care, pensions or disability benefits. Now Murray cries "foul" because a president has been elected -- twice -- who might do something about the environment and stand up for workers. Anyone making less than a million dollars a year would have been foolish to vote for Mitt Romney, in 2012. Coal in West Virginia is not where the future of this state lies, and all the phony scare tactics in the world coming from the likes of Bob Murray and the politicians he can buy are not going to change that.