TIPSHEET: Perry Gets in Bed with Climate Denying Coal Baron
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2011
Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight, presidential candidate Rick Perry will attend a fundraiser
in his honor hosted by Midwestern coal baron and notorious climate denier Bob
Murray. Murray, CEO of the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corporation, will host Perry
at Wheeling’s White Palace Ballroom in West Virginia.
More on Murray:
Murray has been an outspoken climate denier.
- Murray has even used the attention from a tragic accident at one
of his mines to rant about global warming. [Washington
- Murray told a Senate
committee, “"The science of global warming is suspect… "Climate
change or the so-called global warming issue is a human one...Reducing carbon
emissions will impact our poorest families worst." [ABCNews, 8/8/07]
- In a speech to the New York Coal Trade
Association in 2007, Murray denigrated global warming as “elitists'
ill-conceived ‘global goofiness' campaigns.” [New York Sun,
Murray lobbies against environmental protections while
his Murray Energy violates them.
- Murray has
appealed to House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa to stop the regulation of coal
Courier and Press, 9/20/11]
- In February 2011, Murray lobbied Issa to block existing and new
EPA clean air safeguards. [Washington
Energy has had at least 7 coal slurry spills in the past decade, putting water,
land and wildlife at risk and releasing mercury, lead and carcinogenic
Murray puts his bottom line before the health and
safety of his workers.