Don Blankenship Appeals His Conviction to the US Supreme Court

Don Blankenship petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear his appeal of his criminal conviction that stemmed from the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in April, 2010. Blankenship argues that two lower courts incorrectly interpreted the law and that his conviction is the result of being railroaded by political enemies. Click here to read the entire SCOTUS appeal.

An Open Letter to the Public at Large

Mr. Don L. Blankenship May 23, 2017 Dear Public At Large: My attorneys will file a Supreme Court cert petition late Thursday, May 25, 2017. The petition will argue that the trial court and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals made two errors that warrant a remand or reversal of my case. The first error was that the trial judge …

Don Blankenship’s Open Letter to President Trump

Don Blankenship wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump this week asking the President to review the investigation into the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in April 2010. In his letter, Don wrote that “coal supervisors are not criminals” and that “more onerous criminal laws will not improve mine safety.” Click here to read the letter in …

AMERICAN POLITICAL PRISONER ISSUES PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM PRISON

Taft, California–Don Blankenship, former Chief Executive Officer of Massey Energy Company (a coal company that experienced a mine explosion at its Upper Big Branch(UBB) mine in West Virginia on April 5, 2010), who is now serving time as the one and only misdemeanor of 2,000 inmates (according to prison staff) at Taft Correctional Facility at Taft, California issued the following …

Extended Goodwin Family Connections Run Deep

Charleston Gazette July 23, 2010 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Carte Goodwin, 36, comes from a family of lawyers and Democrats whose patriarchs got their start through hard work and rose in part with help from Goodwin’s new colleague, Sen. Jay Rockefeller.The well-known branch of the Goodwins descended from Robert B. and Lessie Goodwin.Bob was elected to the House of …

Response to Statement by Hillary Clinton

Secretary Hillary Clinton was apparently offended by my presence at one of her campaign stops. She should understand that as a lifetime member of coal country and a proud West Virginian, I am interested in any suggestions she has to address the problems coal miners and coal communities face today. It is disappointing that she is choosing to promote her …

Tuesday History

Tuesday’s election certainly was historical in West Virginia.   Just 10 years ago most politicians would have laughed at the thought of having a Republican majority in the West Virginia legislature.  Lots of things came together to accelerate West Virginia’s conversion to Republican although the journey had already begun years ago, and it was only a matter of time.  In fact some of the things that made …

Documentary Available Now

The documentary titled “Regcession–Enough is Enough” has been released to YouTube and is available at savethecountry.com as well.  We also plan to air it on WVAH channel 11 at 5PM Thursday October 23rd. The documentary explains the negative impacts that excessive EPA regulations (many of which are founded on the myth of Global Warming) are having on America.    The hoax is costing millions of Americans their jobs and is putting America at …

Tidbits and an Apology to Senator Manchin

The next documentary will not be finished in time for showing on Labor Day.   The documentary will be one hour in length and it has proven to be a daunting task for the film production company.  Their efforts have included thousands of miles of travel, dozens of interviews, weeks of research, and hundreds of hours of script writing and re-writing.   The …

McConnell Surrenders

On October 31, 2013 I wrote how ridiculous it is that the politicians claim to be fighting so hard for coal when election time rolls around but that the rest of the time they sit on their hands as coal is destroyed.    I specifically named as politicians who are disingenuous in this regard Nick Rahall, Joe Manchin, and Mitch McConnell.   Afterward several coal …

Americans Pay the Price

Earlier this month the Australian government repealed their carbon tax.  This was specifically important to the people of Australia but it also symbolizes the increasing recognition around the world that the science is not settled as to Climate Change despite Obama’s declaration to the contrary.   In fact the world continues to learn that the Global Warming is a big business and not a big …

Global warming hoaxers are funnier than Sat Night live

Reducing Methane-Producing ‘Ruminant’ Population Will Abate Climate Change By Ajit Jha on December 20, 2013 10:05 AM EST  Ruminant animals, like cows, are a more pressing cause of climate change than CO2 emissions, a new study claims. (Photo: Shutterstock) The focus of climate change target — carbon dioxide emissions — could be lopsided, according to an opinion commentary published in …

Global warming hoaxers are funnier than Sat Night live

Fredrik Hedenus is an assistant professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He is a co-author, with Stefan Wirsenius and Daniel Johansson, of a study on meat and dairy consumption in the journal “Climate Change.” April 1, 2014 To avoid dangerous climate change and limit global warming to below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above the level of preindustrial …

Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions

Source:  Natural News In what might be the largest scientific fraud ever uncovered, NASA and the NOAA have been caught red-handed altering historical temperature data to produce a “climate change narrative” that defies reality. This finding, originally documented on the Real Science website, is detailed here. We now know that historical temperature data for the continental United States were deliberately …

Senator Manchin: What My Daughter Did Should Be Illegal

West Virginia senator vows to support legislation that would stop CEOs like his daughter from renouncing firms’ U.S. citizenship. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) By Ron Fournier July 23, 2014 You’re a United States senator from a state struggling to compete in the world economy. Your daughter runs a giant drug company with roots in your state, and the firm makes a …

General Update

The work on the next documentary continues.  My hope is that it will bring a new perspective to the miserable condition of our country’s finances and to why American workers have so little to celebrate on Labor Day.   Most importantly the documentary will make clear who is at fault.  This past week I attended several seminars to gather information for the documentary. The UBB Never Again documentary …

Fixing Big Coal Blues

Public coal company stock prices are very depressed today when compared to what they have been at times over the past decade. Most of the conversations among coal miners and coal executives’ center around the question of when will the coal prices return.  Another topic is how bad and unfair Obama’s war on coal is.  Another is the loss in coal’s market share of electricity generation. Another is the big impact new discoveries of natural …

My Response to Congressman McKinley

Congressman McKinley: Thanks for responding to my letter.   Naturally I am disappointed that you did not address all of the questions, particularly the two easiest ones.     Are you aware that the Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring coal companies and miners to idle continuous miner scrubbers and have you looked at the natural gas samples? You also say in …

Response to Manchin

Senator Manchin Friday (May 30) I received a letter from you dated May 13, referencing a letter from me that I delivered to your Charleston office about 50 days ago.    You say in your letter that you are disgusted.   It is not my intent to disgust you.   My efforts are an attempt to improve coal miner safety and to help …

For the Sake of Our Miners

Many of you may have seen the TV ads about the airing of the documentary titled “For The Sake of Our Miners” which is scheduled to appear on WSAZ this Saturday at 7 PM.     The documentary is pretty much like the longer version that is on both my website donblankenship.com and on ubbneveragain.com.    However there is enough new in the TV version that …

Making UBB Simple for Anyone Who Cares

We have now passed one month since I delivered the letter to Senator Manchin and Governor Tomblin asking five basic and simple questions.  The questions in short were: Have you personally looked at the U.B.B. gas samples? What have you done to prevent U.B.B. from happening again? Do you believe you have a responsibility for miner safety? Are you aware …

Scrubbers

Recently I wrote to explain why MSHA (U.S. Government) might have insisted on changing U.B.B’s ventilation plan – ubbneveragain.com. Here, I will attempt to explain MSHA’s forced idling of continuous miner scrubbers. “Scrubbers” were invented to protect miner’s health in the 1970’s. They provide multiple advantages for miners. They: Prevent dust from getting in miners lungs by removing it permanently from …

The Truth Hurts The Untruthful

The effort to get the truth out about what really happened at UBB this past month was significantly successful.  However, there is much yet to be done. It’s obvious that Obama’s West Virginia Congressional delegation doesn’t want the truth to be known.  More interesting is that they obviously know the real truth. Just ask yourself, if what I am saying …

Climate Expert Claims Government Meddling

By David Rose Revelation: Professor Robert Stavins, said officials representing ‘all the main countries and regions of the world’ insisted on changes to the report   A top US academic has dramatically revealed how government officials forced him to change a hugely influential scientific report on climate change to suit their own interests. Harvard professor Robert Stavins electrified the worldwide …

MSHA Insisted on Ventilation Change — Why?

The ubbneveragain.com documentary points out that the government insisted on changes in the directional flow of the air at UBB that resulted in a reduced volume of airflow.  One reason suggested for the government requiring these changes was simply to demonstrate their authority over mine management. But there is possibly a somewhat less cynical explanation for the government actions.  It has to do with the fact that some of …

Letter to Joe Manchin

Dear Senator Manchin: This month marked the 4th year anniversary of the UBB explosion which took the lives of 29 West Virginia miners.  Several of you promised the families of the victims and all other miners that you would prevent such an explosion from “ever happening again.” A documentary was released on March 31st this year wherein experts explained that …

US Steel – Icy Shutdown

Associated Press   GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has scaled back steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill’s access to vital iron ore. The company says in a letter to its customers that it has reduced production at the Gary Works complex’s blast furnaces and steelmaking due to “unprecedented …

The Chemical Truth

Thousands now know and millions will soon know that the UBB explosion was fueled by natural gas.    There seems to be no limit to how far the government, the politicians and most of the media will go and have gone to hide this basic of truths about the UBB accident.  It’s not a theory that natural gas contains propane and ethane it …

Global Warming is a Hoax!

Global Warming is a Hoax! January 29, 2014 Well, we will probably close out the coldest January in 100 years at the end of this week.  Many will expect global warming deniers like myself to make a big deal of this as evidence that global warming is not occurring.   Some will expect us to say that the earth’s temperatures …

Ship Of (Cold) Fools Rescued At Last

Source:  The Australian YOU have to feel a touch of sympathy for the global warming scientists, journalists and other hangers-on aboard the Russian ship stuck in impenetrable ice in Antarctica, the mission they so confidently embarked on to establish solid evidence of melting ice caps resulting from climate change embarrassingly abandoned because the ice is, in fact, so impossibly thick. …

Eagles Sacrificed

Wind Farms: Interior Department sacrifices eagle protection for alternative energy An American bald eagle (Associated Press)  By Stephen Dinan The Washington Times Friday, December 6, 2013 The Interior Department will finalize a rule Monday that would grant permits to let wind farms kill eagles for up to 30 years, six times longer than current permits allow. While acknowledging that the science is …

Poor Larry Doesn’t Get It

Larry Puccio asked Republicans whether they agree with my view that the West Virginia media is not helping fight for coal and coal miners. Larry doesn’t get it at all. You don’t have the only area of the world with declining coal production if your government, your media, your industry, and your business community all favor coal. The question I …

The EPA’s war on coal not supported by facts

The Washington Examiner: By Editorial Writer | NOVEMBER 19, 2013 Environmental Protection Agency regulations have forced more than 100 coal plants to shut down,… Environmental Protection Agency officials have stalled for two years on providing Congress and the American people with the scientific evidence — peer-reviewed studies, analytical papers and databases — that would justify regulations targeting the coal industry. …

Media Questions

The question has been asked of me by this newspaper whether I know Judge Thornsbury?  They’ve also asked whether I’ve seen or sat with him at the Williamson restaurant “Starters?”   and whether I have business relationships with him? The fact is I do know Judge Thornsbury.  I also know other politically active Mingo Countians.  I know Bill Davis, Hootie Smith, …

Washington Cuckoos Continue On

It seems that every week there is more news of layoffs in the coal fields.  An industry that was once the backbone of American industry and electricity supply has now been branded as dirty, evil and unnecessary.  It doesn’t matter to the D.C. cuckoo’s that coal miners lose their jobs and Americans pay higher electric bills.  What matters most to …

Coal Use Growth Worldwide

October 25, 2013 – Washington, D.C.—-Coal, natural gas, and oil accounted for 87 percent of global primary energy consumption in 2012, as the growth of worldwide energy use continued to slow due to the economic downturn, according to a new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). The relative weight of these energy sources keeps shifting, although …

The Surrender of Coal

Coal region politicians – Mitch McConnell, Nick Rahall, and Joe Manchin- are again saying they want to stop the war on coal.  They are out with their “decade old messages.”  They say we need an energy policy, we need less stringent EPA regulations, and our country needs to use all electricity source fuels including coal. These three fellas have been …

Harry Reid Quote

The below makes it clear that Washington is about party politics and self-interest and not about America and Americans. -Don Blankenship HARRY REID QUOTE ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING IN 2006 “If my Republican friends believe that increasing our debt by almost $800 billion today and more than $3 trillion over the last five years is the right thing to …

Coal People Are Good People

Last week (October 17) I spoke for something like the 28th time at the Tug Valley Mine Institute. It was a humbling experience for me. I want to personally thank each and every one that attended. Many in the audience worked for and with me for many years. Others were there because they wanted to meet me for the first …

Factual Discussions

FACTUAL DISCUSSIONS Most every country in the world, in one way or another, benefits from a strong, healthy America. All Americans, and in fact all the world, are stakeholders in our country. It is America, and Americans, who have led the world’s progress in the improvement of people’s quality of life. Consequently, we clearly owe it to ourselves, to our …

A Friend’s Opinion

Don, The book coming out about you this month is a book I, personally, can’t wait not to read. The only review I needed to see about it was on a Peace Corps website; the excerpt and personal attack was so far beneath what I understand to be the standards and spirit of the Peace Corps that it does not …

Obama Agenda

MSHA CARRIES OUT OBAMA/ROBERTS AGENDA Cecil Roberts, in the March/April addition of the UMWA Journal, said “I commend U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin for taking this investigation where no one else has, and look forward to the day when Don Blankenship is behind bars; where he belongs.” Cecil has never been reluctant to say outrageous things or to lie about me, as …

Truth

It was reported last week that an unidentified “UMWA spokesman” said about my prior essay, “There’s not a word of truth to anything Blankenship said.” During my debate with Robert Kennedy, Jr., even he said that “Don will tell you the truth.” So, I went back and looked over what I had written to see if anything I said was …

Fiscal Crisis

The media and the politicians have successfully made the so-called “fiscal crisis” a real life drama. Countdown clocks abound with how many days, hours, minutes and seconds are left before we go over the cliff. The countdown reminds me of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis wherein Walter Cronkite was also counting the minutes until the Russian ships passed a certain …

EPA’s Lisa Jackson Departs

EPA’S LISA JACKSON DEPARTS The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lisa Jackson, announced she will be leaving the agency. The President praised Jackson saying she has “taken sensible and reasonable steps.” The truth is that the EPA has been neither sensible nor reasonable and can fairly be blamed for the loss of American jobs and an increase in …