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    If they did, the anti-Dem campaign the coal companies would launch (at least regionally) would be a nightmare. The people, I don't know which way they would go, unfortunately. Many would become protective of coal, many already are. It's not that they don't care about the dead miners, there just isn't much here, and that is considered by many the "way of life" so to speak.

    It is politically a very challenging problem in this region, and part of why I think dems loose traction in these areas. Environmentalism is equated with anti-coal and thus anti-work for Kentuckians.

    Very hard problem...

    A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

    by ekyprogressive on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 01:02:27 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe (10+ / 0-)

      we could "undermine" the coal industry by establishing clean energy manufacturing in these areas.

    •  That's also illegla (1+ / 0-)
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      According to the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977

      (2) Any miner or applicant for employment or representative of miners who believes that he has been discharged, interfered with, or otherwise discriminated against by any person in violation of this subsection may, within 60 days after such violation occurs, file a complaint with the Secretary. alleging such discrimination. Upon receipt of such complaint, the Secretary shall forward a copy of the complaint to the respondent and shall cause such investigation to be made as he deems appropriate.

      Link

      Because the law hasn't been fully enforced for so many years, miner's probably aren't aware of their rights or don't have faith that it will protect them.

      "Private health insurers always manage to stay one step ahead of the sheriff." Sen. Sherrod Brown

      by Betty Pinson on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:06:53 PM PDT

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      •  I am sure most don't... (0+ / 0-)

        Or fear they would be named as the reason in the community the mine does something the miners don't like, decrease employment, whatever. As mentioned in the comments below, being blacklisted is an issue.

        Also, I think the people still foster something of a distrust that government would help in how government has acted historically related to this issue. In recent history we have this "blind eye" approach. But go further back and you see government and the mines working it seems hand in hand to repress labor and workplace safety in the mines.

        A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

        by ekyprogressive on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:15:15 PM PDT

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      •  PS. Thx for great comments...n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.-- Anon.

        by ekyprogressive on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:15:39 PM PDT

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