Speak with any coal executive and he will in short order bring your attention to his company’s workforce as the lifeblood that keeps his business, industry, and nation afloat — as heroes, who deserve our respect and admiration. I have never encountered similar initiative and passion with any other industry, and my experience tells me the homage is more than deserved. Coal miners deserve our nation’s gratitude. One reason that coal-mining jobs are regularly the best-paying jobs in a given area is because theirs is difficult, often dangerous work.
Those of us engaged against the anti-energy forces may darkly mutter about freak solar-panel deaths having now reached double digits and how windmills kill people — both true, neither funny, but simply morbidly ironic, given the salvationist sales pitch employed to force the contraptions onto our economy.
Much worse is when cynical anti-energy advocates — whose lives are dedicated to putting coal miners out of work and the workers’ families in dire straits — toss their risible end-of-days rhetoric overboard momentarily to seize upon mining deaths as their impassioned argument for massive state intervention to force us off of conventional energy sources.
We might as well argue instead that yesterday’s tragedy at the Upper Big Branch mine just proves how green groups blocking “mountaintop” mining leads to more sub-surface mining deaths.
Mining has undergone a safety revolution, but it remains a difficult and dangerous line of work — and one indispensable to our nation.
God bless those workers killed, their families and loved ones, and all of those who continue the work of making our nation richer, safer, and freer.
– Chris Horner is author of the best-selling Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism), Red Hot Lies, and a new book on Obama’s power grab that will be released by Regnery this month.