Coal Tattoo


Massey Energy President Don Blankenship has challenged one of the world’s top climate scientists to a debate on global warming.

Blankenship’s announcement came this afternoon, after word came out that renowned NASA scientist James Hansen would be attending an anti-mountaintop removal protest next week in Southern West Virginia.

Blankenship said he’s:

…More than willing to invite Dr. Hansen to have a factual discussion about coal mining in West Virginia, which provides thousands of jobs in the state and provides low-cost energy to millions of Americans.

I look forward to hearing from Dr. Hansen, as I’m sure a productive dialogue – not publicity arrests – is what Dr. Hansen, a university professor who values an exchange of ideas, surely, must desire.

I tried to reach Hansen this afternoon via e-mail and telephone, but have not been able to as of yet.

Hansen, of course, is one of the world’s top experts on climate science,  having warned Congress more than 20 years ago of the problems of global warming. I’ve written before about his views on coal and mountaintop removal.

Blankenship? He’s made it very clear that he doesn’t believe in global warming: