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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:49 PM
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Rand Paul: Regulating Black Lung Could Be Too Pricey For Big Coal
Rand Paul: Regulating Black Lung Could Be Too Pricey For Big Coal

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/07/rand-paul-blac...



WASHINGTON -- With American miners still succumbing to black lung disease, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed a plan to reduce the number of such deaths through the stricter regulation of mining sites. But at a congressional committee meeting last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voiced concern that the new regulations may not be worth the cost to coal companies -- even though pockets of his state have been designated black lung hot spots by the federal government.

In a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, Paul also asserted that the number of black lung cases has been on the decline. But according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in recent years such incidences have in fact been on the rise in certain areas of coal country.

"Every regulation doesn't save lives," Paul said in the hearing, later adding that the regulations so far have done a pretty good job of reducing black lung. "There is a point or a balancing act between when a regulation becomes burdensome enough that our energy production is stifled. We have to assess the costs of regulation and whether they save lives."

I thought it was outrageous, said Stephen Sanders, director of the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center, a Kentucky-based non-profit that supports black lung prevention regulations and other mine safety causes. What hes suggesting is to keep the cost of coal down we would jeopardize the health of coal miners.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:51 PM
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1. After all,
those Miners are volunteers.....
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:51 PM
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2. In my opinion that is a reason for force regulation down their throats
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:53 PM
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3. Someone please lock Rand Paul in a coal mine for a few weeks.
RW Libertarians can (and should) suck it.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:59 PM
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7. +1000 ...... or better have his wife work the mines
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:06 PM
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14. I like your plan. But let's call it an in-depth inspection tour.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:16 PM
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17. Good idea...if only we could throw all teabaggers into a coal mine
n/t
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:57 PM
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4. My grandfather had black lung.
Asshole.
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crazylikafox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:41 PM
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28. My father & grandfather both died of Black Lung. FU Rand Paul.
:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:58 PM
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5. I wonder how much Massey Energy is paying him to say that.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:03 PM
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12. +10000
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:33 PM
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26. Massey essentially bankrolled his campaign
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:59 PM
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6. There really aren't words to truly express
how much I hate people like this asshat and his ilk. Clearly this pig went into Repuke politics because he lacked the necessary personal integrity to pimp sheep.
:mad: :puke: :wtf: :grr:
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:01 PM
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8. I wish someone would stomp HIS head!
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gatorboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:02 PM
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9. I loved his hit, "West End Girls".
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:03 PM
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10. Maybe if he was a real doctor instead of a self-annointed one,
Rand might actually appreciate the science of health studies.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:03 PM
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11. Sociopath or whore?
pick one
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:31 PM
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22. Why only one? nt
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:25 PM
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30. I can't decide. Can I say "both"?
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:06 PM
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13. Right at the anniversary of the Montcoal tragedy
You stay classy, Sen. Paul. :eyes:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:06 PM
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15. I think Paul has black brain disease
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 02:06 PM by KamaAina
it may be caused by wearing that bird's nest on top of his head all the time.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:13 PM
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16. I don't genererally wish for bad things to hapen to to people...
but Rand Paul's head needs to just implode...and shoved into a shallow grave...the man is an idiot.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:18 PM
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18. I'd love to grab that little punk by the scruff of the neck
and send him down that hole for a 10 hour shift. Let him eat coal dust and deal with the fact that anything goes badly wrong, he's already buried.
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:19 PM
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19. He just thinks a certain number of deaths is acceptable. Anti-human pig.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:22 PM
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20. I would like to see a poll directed at his constituents asking what they
think about his ideas..how they interpret them.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:23 PM
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21. here is my suggestion.... i suggest we move congress to the bottom of a coal mine.
they can do their business there. i mean, what harm is there.... they probably spend less time there than a miner does. it's so safe! come on!
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:33 PM
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23. It would be better if we would allow children to mine it too..
:eyes:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:34 PM
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24. You couldn't pay me any $$$ to see him as a Doc
He's an eye doc at that. he just doesn't care about people.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:36 PM
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25. A self-licensed eye doctor at that
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Modern_Matthew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:36 PM
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27. Sigh. Tell that to my grandpa who has black lung and wasn't compensated due to a corrupt lawyer. nt
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 03:36 PM by Modern_Matthew
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:16 PM
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29. As a Kentuckian, there are no words strong enough to express my loathing of Rand Paul
Nor my embarrassment that my state elected that fool.

Bake
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:39 PM
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31. Republicans value corporate profits over the concern of workers' health. Black lung is an awful way
to die.
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:21 PM
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32. My dad died from anthrasilicosis.
Bite me, Rand. :mad:
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