Target: Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General
Goal: Praise indictment of ex-coal company CEO who caused deaths of miners by neglecting safety standards
In response to his extreme negligence of safety standards that caused the deaths of 29 coal miners in 2010, Ex-CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship has been indicted and is facing up to 31 years in prison. A recent petition called for him and other Massey executives to be held responsible for the tragedy and it has met with great success. In the indictment, Blankenship is accused of ignoring safety standards in an attempt to produce more coal and is even alleged to have ignored one safety violation per day for at least two years.
Among the allegations in the indictment are some truly terrifying statements and facts that show just how little Mr. Blankenship valued the safety of his workers. For example, the executives and safety personnel of Massey Energy had a secret code that prevented federal safety inspectors from realizing how truly unsafe the conditions were in their mines. Furthermore, guards were instructed to warn the main office and mining teams when safety inspectors were en route so that they could hide safety violations.
Mr. Blankenship clearly has very little regard for human life and chose to put profits over lives every single day of his tenure at Massey Energy. His indictment is some much-needed justice and can hopefully give some of the aggrieved families of the 29 miners killed some closure. Attorney General Eric Holder and the entire legal team prosecuting Blankenship deserve our thanks and admiration. Hopefully this will send a clear message to executives in other corporations that they are not invincible and that human lives are worth more than corporate profits. Please sign below to commend the U.S. government for holding this man responsible for his actions.
Dear Attorney General Holder,
Ex-CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship’s disregard for human life is appalling and the United States’ indictment of him is a much-needed step toward showing corporate executives that human lives are worth more than profits. Claims that he ignored safety standards, lied to inspectors, and forced workers into unsafe conditions on a daily basis demand that he be convicted and forced to serve the maximum sentence for his crimes. His clear lack of regard for safety standards on such a regular basis is unacceptable and holding him responsible for this will hopefully set a future precedent for trying money-crazed executives.
With this indictment, you are finally giving the aggrieved families of this tragedy some much-needed justice and closure and on behalf of those families; I would like to thank you. This is a clear message to other executives that they are not invincible and cannot play with the lives of their employees to make a few extra dollars.
[Your Name Here]
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