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Rand Paul: Preventing Black Lung Too “Burdensome” To Energy Companies

via: Care2.com

Republican Senator Rand Paul has made it repeatedly clear that he sides with businesses when it comes to absolutely any sort of financial policy or regulation — be it taxes or toilets.  Still, even his own home state of Kentucky seemed somewhat shocked when he stated that there is no reason to continue with any policies to help decrease the instances of black lung among coal miners, declaring any intervention or government regulation too “BURDENSOME” on companies in comparison to the amount of lives it could potentially save.

(note: yeah, like mine safety!)

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Paul said during the hearing that the government had done “a pretty good job” in recent decades of reducing the incidence of black lung — an often incurable and fatal disease caused by breathing years of coal dust.

But figures from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health show a SPIKE in black lung rates in RECENT YEARS.

Black lung KILLS approximately 1000 MINERS PER YEAR, and the number of cases have doubled since 1995, when the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was REPEALED. 

According to the paper,  Paul received $136,277 in campaign contributions from mining interests during his senate run.

http://www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/rand-paul-black-lung-costs/

reference: Black Lung (pneumoconiosis)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalworker’s_pneumoconiosis

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Rand like his father, are BOTH unconscionable ASS-HOLES!

 

 

April 8, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, Rand Paul | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment