Among the most ardent opponents of federal cap-and-trade legislation is Massey CEO Don Blankenship.
Blankenship recently took some time out from running the Richmond-based coal company and posting on his Twitter page to answer questions from Forbes reporter Brian Wingfield.
Blankenship speaks in a soft drawl, but he staunchly opposes much of the current U.S. government’s policies. He worries that the country is stuck in a “reg-cession,” in which over-regulation will hinder the recovery. He thinks U.S. trade policy is killing American blue-collar jobs, although he sees China as a booming market for Appalachian coal. He makes no apologies for what may be perceived as political incorrectness. (“Turn on more lights, burn more coal,” he says, half-jokingly, of the dimly lit lobby in Forbes’ Washington office.)
Read the rest of the Q&A: Seeing Red on Cap and Trade