is a point or a balancing act between when regulation becomes burdensome enough that our energy production is stifled. We have to assess the costs of regulation and whether they save lives." (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health contradicted Paul, saying that in some areas black lung disease is on the rise.)
Paul is a confirmed apologist for the owners and has spoken out against federal regulations for the industry. After 29 miners were killed in the West Virginia mine disaster, he defended the owner, saying::
"I want to be compassionate, and I'm sorry for what happened, but I wonder: Was it just an accident?".
Having grown up in coal mining country, I do not find the senator persuasive on any count. Indeed, I have revived my Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) award for his glib indifference to the welfare of the miners. And we thought Paul's predecessor, Jim Bunning, was nuts!