Hateful remarks? You bet. An atmosphere of damn near zero tolerance? Yep. Fighting for our coal miners? You damn right. These preceding questions and answers can be used to describe the new blog war in regards to coal and I admit that I create, sometimes, an atmosphere of zero tolerance here. I have to start by saying to ignorant bloggers in Kentucky that defending coal miners DOES NOT make you a hack for the coal industry, so get over yourselves. I am frustrated that NOT ONE so-called progressive blogger in Kentucky gets it. They do not have the ability, or maybe they are not dedicated enough, to focus on the real problem in regards to the coal industry.
Most of the so-called progressive opposition to coal in Kentucky, bloggers that is, are completely lazy and I think a bit scared. What are they scared of? Stepping up to the real evil; companies like Massey Energy and the destruction they bring everywhere they go. There is NOT ONE blogger in Kentucky who has committed to help us fight Massey, instead they jump on the Gore bandwagon and spew venom on the entire Appalachian region. Most of the blogs in Kentucky preach tolerance and liberal rights but those same bloggers are the intolerant lot in the Kentucky blogosphere, not exactly progressive.
Now with Gore's new attack ad campaign declaring the nonexistence of clean coal technology, we are going to have to step up our attacks and hopefully we can help expose what Gore's true motive really is. He owns a company called Generation Investment Management (GIM) and he is set to make billions, once the coal industry is gone. The system of clean coal technology funding is flawed, I admit that. No oversight during the Bush years, a complete money pit. Coal industry insiders can not be allowed to control the bulk of the clean coal technology funding, it is doomed if that continues. Hopefully President Obama sticks to his position on clean coal technology.
If you so-called progressive bloggers want to read a little, I suggest you read about how the Army Corps of Engineers are handling MTR, they are cracking down and most of Kentucky's coal operators can not afford the costs to practice MTR. But current MTR permits will be worked out until the last bucket of coal is extracted, that's just the way it is and unless there is a viable economic reclamation plan, I DO NOT SUPPORT MTR. I do not support the excuse of creating a wildlife habitat as a means to gaining a MTR permit, how about working to outlaw that excuse. If we succeed in doing that we will save millions of acres and I am preparing to promote that idea and hopefully we can convince a few coal county legislators to support it.
Like I said, most of Kentucky's coal operators can not afford to extract coal via MTR, but Massey Energy sure can and they are trying to buy every damn mine they can in Kentucky. I am proud to say that I was involved in a situation a few years ago that resulted in a busted sale of a large coal company to Massey Energy. We fought like devils and used every political contact in Virginia and Kentucky we had to convince the seller not to sell his company to Massey, and we won, quietly, but we won. Everyone wants to call me a industry hack, but I can guarantee you that Don Blankenship would shoot me on sight if he had a chance. How many of you so called progressive bloggers can say that? NONE. Once Massey Energy gets a huge foothold in Kentucky one will only have to look at West Virginia to see what Eastern Kentucky will look like in 10 years.
So be lazy, or scared, or whatever and do nothing while Massey sneaks in and destroys everything. MTR is on the way out, everyone knows that, but going to war with the coal industry to stop it cold, WILL NOT WORK. And we need to have that option, only in the most extreme cases, so we can have a chance to develop a post coal economy. Without coal, Central Appalachia is DEAD, so we have to do something and fast. If you want to save millions of acres of our beautiful Appalachian Mountains please read what I have written today and please wake up.