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    Default Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney Rall

    Earlier this month, Mitt Romney was welcomed for a campaign event at the Century Mine in Beallsville, Ohio, by hundreds of coal workers and their families. Now many of the mine's workers are saying they were forced to give up a day-worth of pay to attend the event, and they feared they might be fired if they didn’t, according to local news radio WWVA.

    The claims have been mostly denied by Rob Moore, Chief Financial Officer of Murray Energy Company, which owns the mine. He acknowledges that workers weren’t paid that day but says no one was made to attend the event. Well, kind of.
    Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney Rally (AUDIO)

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    More about Murray Energy, it's contributions to republican politicians and the companies safety issues.

    What does mandatory but not forced even mean? If your boss tells you something is mandatory, do you think, “Well, as long as he doesn’t force me”? Facing questions from a radio host, management is now adamant that they didn’t intimidate anyone and attendance was voluntary. Except that, yes, they did say it was mandatory.

    This contempt for his workers is of a piece with the past behavior of Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, who, as Meteor Blades detailed, has in the past lied about the company’s actions just before a fatal mining accident, and who’s lobbied against new safety regulations. But of course it’s this kind of mine owner who Romney chooses to praise in front of a group of miners forced to stand there without pay. He’s Romney’s kind of people
    Unions.Org Blog» Blog Archive » Romney tells miners ‘you’ve got a great boss.’ That boss made them lose pay to listen to Romney.

    Imagine working for this company.

    Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation received national attention in 2009 after his Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah collapsed, leaving six miners trapped inside. Government mine inspectors had issued 325 citations against the Utah mine since January 2004, according to federal Mine Safety and Health Administration online records.

    Murray is a large campaign donor for Republicans and runs a Super PAC called the Murray Energy Corporation Political Action Committee. The Super PAC has given $317,575.00 to various Republican campaigns, including Mitt Romney in 2012
    Coal miners forced to attend Romney event and donate to campaign - National Elections | Examiner.com

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    Waaaa! They could support Obozo and his plan to end coal use in the US.

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    Where do you read anything about ending coal use in the Untied States ?
    Clean air and environmental concerns means something must be done.
    Afterall, even Romney made the speech in Salem Mass. that coal fired plants 'kill people".

    More on the jobs issue too.

    U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration statistics show that Ohio’s mining industry has added about 300 jobs and coal production is up 7 percent during Obama’s presidency. Additionally, the president has funneled $5 billion into “clean coal technology” – investments his campaign says are proof that he supports clean coal as a component of his energy strategy.

    “This record stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney’s,” said Lis Smith, an Obama campaign spokeswoman. “As governor of Massachusetts, Romney spoke out against coal jobs, saying that a coal-fired plant ‘kills people.’ This is just another issue where the American people can’t trust Mitt Romney to be honest with them.”
    At Ohio coal mine, Romney vows energy independence | The Columbus Dispatch

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Where do you read anything about ending coal use in the Untied States ?
    Clean air and environmental concerns means something must be done.
    Afterall, even Romney made the speech in Salem Mass. that coal fired plants 'kill people".
    But next week Mitt will be saying coal pollution is the greatest health aid around.

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    Slowly the truth comes out.

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A former president of a Massey Energy subsidiary implicated the company's chief executive officer for the first time in safety violations as he pleaded guilty Thursday to charges resulting from an investigation into the 2010 explosion at a Massey mine that killed 29 men.

    David Hughart, 54, entered the plea to two federal conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court. He was accused of working with others to ensure miners at White Buck Coal Co. and other Massey-owned operations got advance warning about surprise federal inspections between 2000 and March 2010.

    The judge asked Hughart if there was a policy to give advanced warnings and, if so, what company officials ordered the policy.

    "What officers are you talking about?" Judge Irene Berger asked.

    "The chief executive officer," he replied.
    Ex-coal exec implicates ex-CEO in W.Va. mine case - Yahoo! News

    It's all about profits.
    Safety be dammed.

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    I looked around and decided to place this here.
    First, it's about a Murray energy plant, it names Robert Murray, it alludes to safety issues, a dirty coal fired plant, and finally it's about lobbying the Trump administration for an industry bailout !
    Why ?

    The biggest champion of the Bruce Mansfield generating plant in Shippingport is Robert E. Murray, chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp. The coal miner is a prime supplier to the plant’s owner, FirstEnergy Corp., and both companies have lobbied the Trump administration for an industry bailout. It would raise rates for electricity customers to pay struggling coal and nuclear plants to stay open.
    It's about jobs for sure, but the area is now known for gas production.

    The jobs are important, sure, but the region has become the country’s leading producer of natural gas, thanks to the fracking boom in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. To locals, those jobs are just as good if not better than working in coal.
    They are asking for a bailout, yet have announced they want out of the coal and nuclear business. What is it ? Another give-away to big business Trump style ?

    Change, however, has been coming to the region. Earlier this year, Pittsburgh’s mayor pledged to power the city solely with renewable energy by 2035. Last year, FirstEnergy, bowing to the shale boom, announced plans to get out of its coal and nuclear businesses in Pennsylvania, among other properties, by the middle of next year.
    Then you have the pollution they will leave behind ... that they originally promised would never be an issue.

    Seven miles up the road, part of the plant’s legacy is already being buried. There, amid rolling farmlands, is a 1,700-acre (690-hectare) site called Little Blue Run. For four decades, it’s where waste collected by Bruce Mansfield’s scrubbers was piped in. Longtime locals recall company officials in the 1970s promising that they’d one day be able to water ski on the lake. Instead, they got a steadily growing, foul-smelling, electric-blue impoundment.
    Then you have the safety of those famous Murray energy companies.

    In August, a gas leak at the plant killed two contractors and injured four. FirstEnergy said it’s still investigating the cause, and safety is the company’s top priority.
    Bailout ? Pollution ? Safety ? Corruption ? Did I mention it will cost the consumer more in higher energy bills ?
    Believe what you will. Something besides the rotten sulfur smell is making me sick.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ine&yptr=yahoo

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    Once again, if you look at what was talked about in the last post, the same names and issues are talked about in this story.
    Coal fired plants are old school. Murray energy supplies coal to this particular plant in Kentucky and Mr. Trump decided to "tweet" his displeasure with the announced closing.

    President Trump And Allies Push To Save A Very Specific Coal Plant
    In his latest effort to boost the coal business — and in the process help a major supporter — President Trump has called on the Tennessee Valley Authority to, essentially, ignore the advice of its staff and keep a large coal-fired power plant operating.
    The move has drawn extra scrutiny because that plant buys coal from a company headed by a large campaign donor to Trump, Murray Energy Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray.
    The facility at issue is the last remaining unit at TVA's Paradise Fossil Plant in Western Kentucky.
    TVA staff proposed retiring the coal-fired plant. The report says, "As a large coal unit with medium operating costs and a high forced outage rate, as well as the need for significant repairs, PAF Unit 3 does not fit current and likely future portfolio needs."
    The staff also has proposed closing another coal power plant in Eastern Tennessee called the Bull Run Fossil Plant.
    This continues a trend at the TVA of shuttering coal plants in favor of other sources for generating electricity, including natural gas and renewable energy. The move has helped attract companies like Google that build large data centers, and want to power them with cleaner sources of energy.
    https://www.npr.org/2019/02/12/69396...fic-coal-plant

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    A follow up to post #8.

    TVA board votes to close coal plants despite Trump tweet
    On Thursday, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a federally owned utility that operates in Tennessee and Kentucky, voted 5 to 2 to close two coal-fired power-generating units by 2023, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
    The decision includes closing the last coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant by 2020, as well as closing the coal-fired Bull Run Steam Plant by 2023. On Thursday morning, the TVA tweeted: "The TVA Board votes to retire Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run within the next few years. Their decision was made after extensive reviews and public comments and will ensure continued reliable power at the lowest cost feasible. We will work with impacted employees and communities."
    The Paradise coal plant's "top coal supplier is a mine owned by a subsidiary Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal-mining company. That company's leader is Bob Murray, an outspoken Trump donor and supporter."
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...va-board-vote/

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    Default Re: Murray Energy Miners Allege They Had To Give Up Pay To Attend 'Mandatory' Romney

    Murray Energy Corp., mentioned in most of the posts in this thread, appears ready to default on their obligations.
    Just another of this administrations debacles.

    U.S. Coal Giant That Pressed Trump for Bailout Faces Default
    Murray Energy Corp., the U.S. coal giant that had pressed the Trump administration for help averting bankruptcy, may be headed toward default.
    The largest closely held coal miner in America failed to make multiple payments to lenders this week, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Creditors have agreed not to take legal action until Oct. 14, buying Murray some time to figure out how to shore up its balance sheet, the St. Clairsville, Ohio-based firm said.
    Murray’s potential default comes more than a year after the Trump administration’s efforts to subsidize struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants -- particularly ones that Murray supplies -- failed, shot down by President Donald Trump’s own appointed energy regulators. Chief Executive Officer Bob Murray, an early Trump supporter and a big donor to his campaign, was instrumental in setting his energy agenda and has hosted multiple fundraisers for him.
    On Tuesday, U.S. coal miner Foresight Energy LP failed to make its own interest payment, invoking a 30-day grace period to evaluate options. The shares slid 26% on the news to a record low. Murray and Foresight are inextricably linked: Murray bought a controlling stake in the St. Louis, Missouri-based company that hasn’t posted an annual profit since 2014.
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-coa...l&uh_test=1_02

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