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Skydiving for… the coal industry?: America’s political theatre of the absurd

*Not an actual photo of the congressman

*Not an actual photo of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)

From the Washington Independent:

If all went as planned, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) jumped out of a plane on Saturday to show his support for the coal industry. In third-person fashion, he described the upcoming event last week as “a Nick Rahall affirmation of the importance of coal and an opportunity to pay tribute to those who extraordinarily serve and make personal sacrifices each day for the citizens of West Virginia and our Nation as a whole.”

Well at least he believes uncynically in something… oh wait:

Well, turns out tribute wasn’t the only thing getting paid. Rahall just filed his quarterly Federal Election Commission report, and it shows — surprise! — that he got a pretty penny from his good friend, the coal industry.

*Not an actual photo of the congressman

*Not an actual photo of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)

To be fair, coal is a huge employer in his constituency and state, and so more than just the campaign contributions, he probably is standing up for his constituents in a sense (as they understand their interests… which doesn’t really include how fucked they’ll be when the earth’s temperature rises by 8 degrees over the next 100 years since they’re, on average, pretty old and will probably be dead then anyway).

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