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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The rest of the story on coal-mining deaths

The Hill headline said: Coal-mining deaths skyrocket in 2017

Now for the rest of the story.

There were 15 coal mining deaths last year. That is tragic. No man should die mining coal.

However, that 15 was lower than the average of 20 coal-mining deaths per year under Obama.

The Hill did not mention that.

The Hill story also did not include reaction from the Trump administration.

Instead it wrote:
Workplace deaths in the coal mining industry increased last year to their highest point in three years.
A total of 15 miners died on the job in 2017, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) data show, compared with eight in 2016.
That year saw the fewest mining deaths since records began.
Under Obama there were 161 coal mining deaths, including 29 at Upper Big Branch on April 5, 2010. Government inspectors were on the site that day when an explosion killed the men.

That's an average of 20 per year.

Coal production increased this year over the last.

Coal-mining is dangerous, however, decades of emphasis on safety as well as automation have dropped the toll from an average of 232 miner deaths per year in the 1930s to today's figures. Coal-mining no longer is in the top 10 of the most dangerous jobs in America.

The president's repeal of last-minute regulations that had not yet been implemented under Obama has not killed anyone.

Let us not politicize the deaths of men.

And journalists should start giving President Trump's side of the stories.


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  1. Ot just stop sucking on the Obama lollipop.

  2. Hate leads to anger, anger to error. The real problem is the lack of consequence, discussed here many times. Basically, Jefferson made a mistake. Since the left now considers him a white supremacist slave rapist, perhaps the time has come to correct his error and repeal press immunity.

  3. If accident and death numbers are compared farming is a much more dangerous occupation than coal mining. That was always just a straw man for the cult Church of AGW.

    1. Yeah, Dennis, that was how my grandfather died, plowed under by a tractor in Minnewaukan, ND when he left the thing running to clear some brush out of the chopper behind the plow. Farming is a hundred times more dangerous than mining. The closest the Black Jesus ever got to farming was the day his minions visited Whole Foods.

  4. "Workplace deaths in the coal mining industry increased last year to their highest point in three years."

    It would be premature to conclude the rise in coal mining deaths in 2017, a single year, was the result of a change in the regulatory environment. The number of fatalities (15) returned to what it was in 2015. It is too soon to tell whether that is the start of a statistical trend or merely a random fluctuation in small numbers, the statistical errors in which (roughly 4 deaths per year) should not be ignored. Coal mining turns out to be less dangerous than the mining of metals and other non-metals (MNM), which suffer twice as meany deaths per year as coal. Yet it is the fatalities in coal mining that always seem to attract the most attention.

  5. Look at wildland firefighting-both Aerial and Ground-Ive been there.. TG McCoy

  6. "And journalists should start giving President Trump's side of the stories." Come on, Don. You're too old to believe in Santa Claus.

  7. "Let us not politicize the deaths of men." But the enemedia's Prime Directive says to do that, Don.