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Bloomberg & coal

| Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

To Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor: You gave $50 million to the Sierra Club for its “Beyond Coal” campaign, which has the single purpose of terminating the use of coal in America. As a result of these combined efforts, hundreds of thousands of coal mining jobs, and secondary jobs dependent on them, have now been eliminated in some of the most depressed areas of our country.

Recently, you were quoted by CNN Money as saying that you give “a lot of money to the Sierra Club” to close coal-fired power plants, but you added that we have to “have some compassion to do it gently.” If you said this, Mr. Bloomberg, you are insincere, insulting and hypocritical!

You made your money in the financial markets off of other people. American coal miners earn their living from hard work by which they produce the lowest-cost electricity in America. They just want to earn a living for their families in honor and dignity, and you have destroyed thousands of these families' livelihoods.

Already in 2014, we have experienced electric power shortages and huge increases in the costs of electricity and natural gas as a result of your closure of 392 coal-fired power plants producing nearly 100,000 megawatts of our lowest-cost electricity. Families at the lower economic levels bear the brunt of these cost increases resulting from your efforts.

Liberal elitists such as you are destroying low-cost electricity, so many lives and our great country for no global environmental benefit whatsoever. This is downright evil.

Robert E. Murray

St. Clairsville, Ohio

The writer is chairman, president and CEO of Murray Energy Corp.

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