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Perry Wines & Dines (and Fundraises) with Climate-Denying Coal Baron

29 Sep 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: General Political

Republican primary hopeful Rick Perry has apparently found a friend in climate denier Bob Murray, who will host a fundraiser for the Texas Governor tonight at the Wheeling’s White Palace Ballroom in West Virginia.

Murray, founder and CEO of the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corporation, is a notorious climate denier, who has called climate science “suspect” and denigrated it as “elitists' ill-conceived ‘global goofiness' campaigns.”

Murray has repeatedly appealed to Congress to stop the regulation of coal ash and block clean air standards, and has railed against environmental protections. It’s of little wonder why—his company’s environmental and safety track record is abysmal.  From 2000-2009 alone the company was fined $18,192,186 for 7747 “significant violations” of safety and health hazards.  Over the course of a decade, the company had at least seven 7 coal slurry spills—releasing a black, oozing combination of mercury, lead and carcinogenic waste into Ohio waterways.  

In 2007, when the company’s Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah collapsed, killing 9 workers, Murray denied company policy contributed to the collapse—an investigation later revealed that the company deliberately ignored red flags and misled safety officials prior to the collapse— and used the extra media attention to instead attack climate change.

With Perry’s equally concerning environmental track record; it’s not surprising they’re on friendly terms.

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