Sierra Club pranksters have posted on Craig’s List an all-too-honest job description for anyone hoping to apply for the CEO job at Massey Energy to replace retiring CEO Don Blankenship. Think you’re qualified to fill the shoes of one of the worst polluters in America?
Here is the Craig’s List job description:
Massey Energy Seeks CEO
Massey Energy seeks a new Chief Executive Officer to carry on its important work destroying the environment and jeopardizing the health and safety of its employees. This position will oversee all Massey Energy operations (but don’t worry - stringent or really any oversight is not a corporate priority).
-Ducking responsibility for grave accidents and enthusiastically (and with a straight face) shifting the blame to government agencies created to prevent such incidents.
-Denying climate change, hating the environment and hating anyone who might enjoy the environment.
-Trading campaign cash for congressional favor.
-Threatening members of the media.
-Personally persuading workers to abandon union organizing.
“… coal is one of the most expensive options to meet energy needs. And the only way a ratepayer, regulator, or investor will put money into a new coal plant is if they’re fooled into thinking that coal is cheap.”
That quote didn’t come from some trenchant critic of the climate change denial movement (from someone like me), it came from Public Utilities Fortnightly, as quoted on the Coal-is-Dirty.com. Check out Mark Kersowik’s whole post here.
Earlier this week, President-elect Barack Obama announced his picks for his energy team, with Dr. Steven Chu to head up the Department of Energy.
Dr. Chu is not the happy holiday gift the “clean coal” folks were hoping for.
The blogosphere has been abuzz with something Chu said about coal in an alternative energy talk he gave at UC Berkeley in April 2007. The video of the talk is nearly two hours long, but we snagged the important bit, where he talks about coal.