As it has persistently since the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) was created, the mining industry, the National Mining Association and its corporate thugs are again trying to reduce or eliminate inspections, or even eliminate the MSHA itself. What might be their interest in doing so? Increased safety for the miners? Or might it have something to do with profits?
The West Virginia Gazette has the story.
More miners have died this year in two and half months than all of last year put together. You'd think the mining industry would lay low for a bit. But instead, it has gone on the offensive, almost as if those deaths have not happened. Just when you think one corporate segment of the ruling elite has been cowed by its own failures, you find out it only emboldens them to go on the offensive. It's the Bush strategy: when you look like a cad, like an incompetent, like a real screwup, don't apologize, or appear humbled by it, go on the offensive and be even more self-righteous and arrogantly predatory.