Target: Senator Jay Rockefeller
Goal: Commend efforts to compensate dying coal miners out of cheated funds.
The Appalachian coal country – covering numerous states in mid-western America – has been experiencing a sharp decline in laborers ever since Environmental Protection Agency crackdowns began in 2009. To reverse environmental pollution, many mines and their communities have shut down in favor of more health-conscious energy production alternatives. However, coal mining companies have found alternative ways to stay in business – namely by way of bribes. The multi-billion dollar industry, comprised of countless corporations, has paid off lawyers, doctors and even judges to throw out, ignore and lie about cases involving ailing coal miners.
One particular story of a man named *Gary is especially hard to hear. For years, Gary, a miner in Appalachian coal country, began coughing up black mucus and experiencing shortness of breath. Doing the simplest of tasks, such as walking up a flight of stairs or laying down to take a nap would result in a chest-rattling cough that worried Gary’s wife and children. On a trip to the doctors, Gary learned that after 15 years of working in toxic coal mines he had developed an incurable disease called Black Lung. When Gary filed a lawsuit against Big Coal he was denied any compensation for his medical condition. Sadly, he had to return to the very mine that was killing him in order to feed his family.
In the last five years, nearly 20,000 claims by ailing miners have been thrown out or lost. 1,500 cases of Black Lung were reported and refuted. Big coal corporations have extreme influence on the legislative and political landscape of the Appalachian coal country which causes many of those who are in power to be influenced by the unequal and inhumane ideals of coal conglomerates.
Appalled by the greedy, unsympathetic attitudes of coal companies and the industry as a whole, Senator Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey have devised a legislation that will serve justice to coal miners with ailing health due to poisonous working conditions. By signing this petition, you’ll tell Senator Jay Rockefeller that you stand with them in the fight for coal miners rights.
*name has been changedDemand Compensation for Coal Miners
Dear Senator Jay Rockefeller,
Your recent decision to introduce a legislation that will justifiably reward coal miners with adequate compensation for their medical problems is admirable. This letter serves as a reminder that I stand with you in the fight for coal miners rights.
Big coal has stooped to new lows by denying hardworking coal miners money that is rightfully theirs. To avoid cases asking for as little as $1,000 in compensation — pocket change for such wealthy corporations — is atrocious. Families like Gary’s deserve to be recompensed. Although life cannot be restored to some of these dying coal miners, at least their loved ones will be protected and provided peace of mind.
Thank you for your valorous efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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