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hollowdweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 08:09 PM
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The Don and Bobby Show
Hey! Did any of y'all catch the Blankenship/Kennedy debate on the radio just now??

I thought it was pretty good. Kennedy I thought seemed to score the most hits especially his question/point tha the coal industry keeps saying MTR can be be done and not hurt the environment but the continued number of violations they are cited from it does not support that claim.

I thought Blankenship really didn't have many facts at his command that supported his position but he did use humor and didn't let Kennedy really get him angry which helped him sort of put off the image of the evil coal stripper.

I was glad they were mostly congenial and the crowd mostly polite(from what it sounded like) Now will the coal supporters show their asses on the way out of the place?

I'd like to see one of the WV papers do a story tomorrow examining all the statements for factual accuracy, but given how lame most WV media is I'm not holding my breath.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 08:38 AM
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1. Blankenship vs. Kennedy II: Deconstructing the debate
Looks like this could be what you're looking for:

Im sure Coal Tattoo readers are anxious to start weighing in on tonights big debate between Massey Energy President Don Blankenship and environmental lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. So please have at it below in the comments section just keep it clean and respectful of each other, and both Kennedy and Blankenship.

Weve got tomorrow mornings print story online now, and heres the link to that. Here on the blog, Im going to try to do a little bit of deconstructing, a little bit of fact-checking and just generally give some more perspective on what we all heard over across the Kanawha River in the University of Charlestons Geary Auditorium. /

Here's a West Virginia Public Broadcasting story that includes a link to audio of the whole debate:

Blankenship, Kennedy debate coal, climate change

While Administration officials work to determine new policies to oversee mountaintop removal permits, a much more public debate on the subject was held Thursday in Charleston.

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr. faced off on coal, climate change and the nations energy future.

Thousands packed the auditorium and tuned in on television and radio for the debate at the University of Charleston.

Much of the debate was predictable, as Blankenship and Kennedy stuck to talking points.
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