To the editor:
Ben Chandler has spent more time learning about global warming in luxurious and exotic locales than he has ever spent or will spend anywhere near a coal mine. And he didn’t have to pay for one cent of it. Most was provided by taxpayers, the rest by environmental groups anxious to shutter our coal-fired power.
In 2006, Ben went to Antarctica. The mean temperature during his visit was 16 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, yet Ben wrote shortly after returning home that burning oil, coal and natural gas is causing the glaciers to melt, possibly flooding American coastal areas.
In November 2007, Ben enjoyed the luxurious Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy while discussing global warming with the European community. His 2008 trip was more tropical; the Galapagos for snorkeling, turtle-watching, exclusive accommodations at the Red Mangrove Aventura. All done with an eye to effects of global warming, of course.
In 2009, Ben’s trip to Sweden included talks that warned of wars caused by global warming, as climate extremes force migrations and fights over water rights.
Last summer, anti-coal forces sent Ben on a $15,000 ten-day African safari. He slept in safari tents at Shamwari Game Reserve and Seba Camp in Botswana, retreating to the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel in Johannesburg for a bit of city life.
Google these places. They’re truly lovely. The creme de la cremel. No wonder Ben didn’t recognize a coal miner in the Barr ad. He hasn’t seen many up close.