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Coal Company CEO Fires 156 Workers After Obama Re-Election

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Coal Company CEO Fires 156 Workers After Obama Re-Election


Among those who took a despairing view to the news of President Obama’s re-election, few were more despondent—and vindictive—than the CEO of Murray Energy, Robert Murray. The day after the election, the chairman and chief executive of the Ohio-based coal company fired 54 employees at American Coal and 102 at Utah American Energy, but not before reading a prayer and telling workers that “the takers outvoted the producers.” Murray faulted Obama’s “war on coal,” The Washington Post reported.

In late August, Murray’s company came under fire when reports emerged that his workers had been forced, without pay, to attend a Romney campaign event. Murray also pressured employees to donate money and attend fundraisers for the Republican candidate, as revealed in a March 2012 letter, where he wrote, “We have been insulted by every salaried employee who does not support our efforts.”

Murray Energy employs around 3,000 workers and produces 30 million short tons of bituminous coal per year — 7-8 million of which are mined in Ohio — making it the nation’s largest privately owned coal mining company.

The political nature of the 156 layoffs was readily apparent in the prayer Murray read to employees on Wednesday, which was first published on the Intelligencer /Wheeling News-Register website:

Mr. Robert E. Murray’s Prayer, as shared with his workers:

Dear Lord:

The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals [sic] of our Founders. And, away from the idea of individual freedom and individual responsibility. Away from capitalism, economic responsibility, and personal acceptance.

We are a Country in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom.

My regret, Lord, is that our young people, including those in my own family, never will know what America was like or might have been. They will pay the price in their reduced standard of living and, most especially, reduced freedom.

The takers outvoted the producers. In response to this, I have turned to my Bible and in II Peter, Chapter 1, verses 4-9 it says, “To faith we are to add goodness; to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self control; to self control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, kindness; to brotherly kindness, love.”

Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.


Given that no major changes took place in the days since Obama’s re-election, there is little reason to believe Murray had any other cause for the layoffs besides partisan politics. His prayer evinced a fundamental agreement with the “47 percent” comments that dogged Romney’s presidential aspirations, drawing widespread condemnation. Murray, unlike Romney, presented this view publicly and without apology.



  1. Mort Alcoil November 9, 2012

    Hey Robert Murray and ALL Christian Republicans: God is NEVER wrong; Obama won, therefore it is God’s will and yet you rail against God’s choice???

    Oh and another thing. Super Storm Sandy is being blamed for Romney’s “momentum” being lost and him losing; again, God’s will, the way I see it. Huge storms like these are called an act of God for a reason.

    All you sanctimonious religious Republican types need to accept this result as the will of your creator. Not that I believe in him, but since you are all so dead set on God and The Bible and God’s omniscience, then Obama winning is what God wanted, so deal with it.

    1. nobsartist November 9, 2012

      God hates republiCONs. thats why they all wind up in hell.

      1. RoseMary Joseph November 11, 2012

        Opinions vary, just like politics…what if they said the same about you?
        I’m a democrat, my step dad a republican, we have lively debates that put my mom on edge, but I love him to death, so don’t go there.

        1. nobsartist November 11, 2012

          As an American, I have a right to my own opinions. If you dont like it, tough shit.

      2. danduckworth November 11, 2012

        You live there, you should know!

        1. nobsartist November 11, 2012

          Sharp comeback. Did you come up with that yourself or did your mommy help you with it?

        2. Dreamsicle November 12, 2012

          Translation of dannyduck’s ‘sharp reply’: “Quack, quack quack….QUACK,” making one wonder whether dannyTHEduck
          has something to do with AFLAC!

          All I can say is, “quack…quack quack….QUACK!”

      3. Selene Sweck November 13, 2012

        Opinions are usually a product of discerning information derived from facts. However, in your case, ad hominem attacks masqurerading as American opinion, is not acceptable. You need to educate yourself and try using less crude vocabulary in the public forum.

        1. nobsartist November 13, 2012

          Once again opinions are like assholes. everyone has one. if you dont like my opinion or approach, too bad.

        2. Mort Alcoil November 14, 2012

          Heretic…. denier of God’s Omniscient omnipotence. Only what God wills comes to pass; this WAS God’s will and your denial of his will is heretical.

          Also, lying is a sin and you have sinned so very, VERY much with your statements.

    2. Sandra November 10, 2012

      Typical R’thuglican, use God to hide their evil. I sincerely hope he gets his just deserts and soon. This is just revenge because his sheep lost and PO will refuse to do his bidding.

    3. Parisgirl November 12, 2012

      Amen and well said!!!

    4. Selene Sweck November 13, 2012

      Go to the Bible and read the story of King Saul. God gave His stiff-necked people what they wanted, when it was not God’s purpose or will, even if it caused the people heartache. That is called free will. It appears as if we now have a majority of ill-informed people who are just as stiffed-neck and stupid. It has nothing to do with the will of God. We are getting what we wanted and it will bring heartache upon the masses. Unfortunately, all of us have to suffer the consequences.

      1. Mort Alcoil November 16, 2012

        When something that YOU want to happen, happens, it’s the will of God; when something you DON’T want to happen occurs, then it’s not… you people are truly delusional and crazy.

        It’s funny that whatever YOU believe, is ALWAYS supported by God and what you don’t believe is always Satan.


  2. bcarreiro November 9, 2012

    evangelizing in the workplace………..i hope these employees take out the biggest discrimination lawsuit on your holy ass. obama-biden 2012 now take that to heart and eat it.

    1. Baron Cormac November 9, 2012

      To quote an old Yiddish prayer, “From your lips to God’s ears.”

  3. Steven November 9, 2012

    Another wealthy disenfranchised paranoid whiteman decides to go all caveman over nothing.

    Personally I am thankful to Murray for being bold enough to be himself and allow the world to see just how sucked-up stupid a self-centered moron’s mind can become.

    1. CPANewYork November 12, 2012

      To whom are you replying?

  4. nobsartist November 9, 2012

    that scumbag was going to fire them win or lose.

    America should boycott his company and put him out of business.

    1. Canistercook November 10, 2012

      So he can fire the rest of his workers I guess. Great thought!

      1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

        They can get jobs somewhere else just like they do when willard the rat moves another company over to china.

        or they can work for the new owner after this crook goes bankrupt because people refuse to do business with him;

        thats “free market enterprise”.

        better yet, the fired workers could block the entrance to the mine and prevent everyone from working. all they have to do is re-join the miners union.


        1. Canistercook November 10, 2012

          Guess you have never studied how many of our jobs were dependent on our being able to sell the products our workers made to someone overseas. We WERE the worlds biggest producers and exporters of Steel, aircraft, automobiles, farm machinery etc., and we did well in the world market. I say WERE because daily we become less and less able to sell our products because we are not competitive. At the rate we are going we will have to buy them from other countries – if we can afford them!

          1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

            So let me get this straight. Murray extracts coal from OUR ground and then sells it back to us at a huge mark up. Murray refuses to comply with safety regulations and people that work for him get killed.

            Then, people like willard the rat buy companies with technology that the chinese want and then move the company to china after firing the workers and the chinese pay him hundreds of millions to do that.

            somehow, you think it is the fault of those miners and the fired workers for the condition of our economy.

            You are a brainwashed idiot and if you still work, no doubt the biggest ass kisser where ever it is that you work.

            on top of that, after blaming unions and regulations that generally create a living wage, you use the “if we can afford them”.

            truly clueless.

          2. stcroixcarp November 10, 2012

            Nationalize the coal industry. Coal and miners are too important to be held hostage by an immoral twit like Murray.

          3. Canistercook November 11, 2012

            They tried that in the USSR and U.K. A complete failure.

          4. solo_poke November 11, 2012

            Total BS…

            Nationalizing natural resources like Norway did with their oil, ensures that the profits are not syphoned offshore by multi-national corporate criminals.

          5. Canistercook November 11, 2012

            Then the controlling party takes the profits like they did in the U.K. and Russia.

          6. CPANewYork November 12, 2012

            You have no idea of the truth.

          7. Canistercook November 13, 2012

            Guess you don’t recall why the USSR collapsed!

          8. idamag November 11, 2012

            Norway has the highest standard of living and the lowest unemployment of any country.

        2. CPANewYork November 12, 2012

          “Rejoin”? You mean these guys were in the union and left it?

    2. John November 10, 2012

      That would hurt the rest of his employed workers. I sincerely believe in patience that he will come to terms with his over reaching pride.

    3. Bradbrea November 10, 2012

      The funniest part about this FOOL’S action is that now, 156 people will hit the unemployment line, receive unemployment compensation, and his unemployment insurance premiums will go UP!!!

      1. einsteinsoldman November 11, 2012

        Anything in pursuit of good ideology –

      2. RoseMary Joseph November 11, 2012

        Yeah, I hope it bankrupts him!

        1. grammyjill November 12, 2012

          I see a class action suite coming.

    4. idamag November 10, 2012

      Scumbag fits him.

      1. neeceoooo November 11, 2012

        The should actually investigate him for this, I am sure we could find something to charge him with

        1. idamag November 11, 2012

          This scumbag wants to go back to the time when coal miners were paid in script that was good only at the company store and they were forced to live in company housing.

    5. CPANewYork November 12, 2012

      Good idea, but do you have any ideas as to how to boycott a coal company?

      1. nobsartist November 12, 2012

        First, find out if your electric utility buys coal from murray. If they do, buy stock in it and start a shareholder movement to boycott murray. if you are working with enough money to buy a large block of stock, use the leverage to influence them to buy elsewhere.

        Better yet, if you have enough cash, buy murray out of his own company.

        murray cant be the only coal producer in the U.S. but if he is, perhaps he needs to be broken up as a monopoly.

  5. tuns222 November 9, 2012

    I noticed many older white men were in a bad mood the day after the election. One old guy, an employee at ACE Hardware was outright nasty to me, and I didn’t do anything to him! I just figured it was because Romney lost.

    1. Liz Feeser-Regan November 10, 2012

      Maybe every time I go to Ace I am greeted by some grumpy old white man.

    2. foolsdance November 10, 2012

      I know, right??? My boss is an older, wealthy white man. He had several uncharacteristic hissy fits Wednesday morning for no apparent reason – I am certain it was because he surmised that I am a democrat and the republicans lost.

    3. commserver November 10, 2012

      ACE hasn’t been doing too well lately. Maybe ACE needs to be enlightened about how to do business. Maybe it can be target of Bain.

  6. TZToronto November 9, 2012

    In the spirit of Christian love, I’m firing 156 of you because I hate our new President.

  7. Val TwoWolves November 10, 2012

    Yet another good reason to convert to renewable energy just as quickly as we can!

  8. Damian November 10, 2012

    I pray for the workers and their families that have suffered from the righteous indignation of this slave owner. I pray for that these workers are able to rise up, re-invent themselves and overcome this barbarian.

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      Their revenge would be to find this firing was really a blessing in disguise and get jobs elsewhere that are better than what they left.

  9. turtlewoman1039 November 10, 2012

    ‘…and personal acceptance.’ Personal acceptance of what? One’s ‘lot in life’?

    The republicans / tp’s / talibangelists want everything handed to THEM:
    Industry without regulations that protect their workers and the public;
    Tax breaks for taking US jobs out of the country because a GOOD profit on this soil isn’t good enough when you can make a KILLING with slave labor elsewhere;
    Accolades for their supposed brilliance and unmatched abilities when it is the infrastructure of this country and its workers who’ve ENABLED their success;
    TWO UNFUNDED WARS OF CHOICE that have killed / maimed / disabled our service members while doing the same to many thousands in the invaded countries, depleting this country’s financial resources while ENRICHING a few;
    Free rein for wall st pit bosses to GAMBLE with the lives and limited assets of our citizens while they expect tax payer bail out $$ when the bets go wrong.

  10. Keith Sullivan November 10, 2012

    Asshole you cant hide behind religion your sins will find you out ,Grow up you idiot!!

  11. jnsgraphic November 10, 2012

    Murray is just a hypocrite using the re-election of President Obama as an excuse, he would be smarter to admit he was forced to layoff workers due to hundred of thousands of dollars in EPA violations. The GOP lost the election because they treat people like dirt! Nothing is more important than money; and the only real people, are corporations. Murray wasted his money donating to the Republic campagin and has no one to blame but himself and its time for him to put his money where his mouth is or he’ll lose next.


    1. Hillbilly November 10, 2012

      He has never paid any of the fines from what I have been reading. He backed a judge during a campaign who after he won the election reversed all the money awards given to the miners families who died in the last cave in at his mines. He and the judge needs to be investigated for bribery. He also forced his workers to donate money to the Republican campaign, which should mean exhortation charges and the laying off of workers because he backed the wrong party to me be is an act of terrorism and he should be treated as a terrorist .

  12. keefert55 November 10, 2012

    This is truly why the Republican, conservative movement is so out of touch with average Americans and why they can’t and won’t win. They profess to be good, compassionate, Christians and yet they would commit such an egregious act as this on their fellow human beings. Apparently they worship a different God than I. Who was the guy who sold Jesus down the road for a few sheckles?Wasn’t it Robert E Murray, multi-millionaire

  13. Americkan November 10, 2012

    Just goes to show there are crazy people in high places. Hope these people sue this nut case.

  14. Michael Mitchell November 10, 2012

    Someone should remind this fat cat capitalist that the age of corporate slavery is coming to an end.
    There’s no such thing as clean coal, and your prayer is an insult to democracy. I guess he thought he could buy the election.

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      Unfortunately, Michael, there is a big push to return to corporate slavery.

  15. holtjp November 10, 2012

    While it is hard not to be saddened by the loss of any job, I for one ,wish the President was waging a war on coal. Mountaintop removal produces a ghastly scar on the landscape and the damage to the atmosphere from coal burning is well documented. Thousands die each year from illnesses related to coal fired emissions. We should do all we can as a Nation to help encourage new employment opportunities in coal producing regions, just as we have done for the many employees that once worked in the huge cigarette industry. We should not, however, hold back on our efforts to replace coal with cleaner sources of energy as quickly as possible.

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      holtjp, and there is no such thing as clean coal.

    2. Active_Voice November 10, 2012

      I’d love to see a sustainable-energy company pick up all the employees Murray fired. And couldn’t agree more with holtjp, and would add only that emissions from coal-fired power plants are responsible for the rise in mercury in our rivers and oceans, so that now it is unhealthy for people to eat fish — which used to be a plentiful, inexpensive source of first-rate protein for people all over the planet, and one that could be eaten daily.

    3. max1963 November 12, 2012

      You are a idiot simple as that.. Do you really think that everybody can be a teacher or a nurse sorry not enough jobs out there.. I am from Eastern KY where coal mines supported my family for many years.. My husband is doing fine thankyou.. Theres very few jobs out there that you can start out at 60,000 thousand a year with no college.. If you want a war on coal sit in the dark and cold this winter and don’t turn that computer on either.. By the way i have a college degree a Registered Respiratory Therapist got laid off in Feb thanks to Obama care when you go to the hospital plan on taking some family to help care for you cause they want be enough nurses there to care for you…

      1. holtjp November 12, 2012

        Max, thanks for your reasonable disagreement to my comment. I am assuming your college education was not big on examining the full scope of issues, just find the simplest answer (right or wrong) and move on. Some day, hopefully sooner rather than later, we will no longer use coal for anything. Deny Global Warming if you wish, but there are simply far too many downsides to coal as an energy source. As coal continues to decline, what is Kentucky’s plan to deal with the job losses? What about all the mining jobs already lost because of mechanization, more efficient mining techniques, and mountain top removal? You can call me an idiot, but the jobs are going away no matter how hard you might wish otherwise. The only question is when. Hanging onto any industry simply as a jobs program is a ridiculous option. Should we, as a Nation, not have fought a war on tobacco and instead encouraged kids to smoke cigarettes to stimulate the tobacco industry and create more jobs? My family grew tobacco, but when forces made it financially untenable to continue we had to make big changes to survive. The steel industry crashed in Pittsburgh and the region was unprepared for the collapse. It took decades to find alternative industries, but now Pittsburgh has a far more diverse and resilient economy. President Obama has wisely pushed for the development of green energy technologies to stimulate the growth of new American jobs. Few of those jobs, or any others, are likely to end up in Eastern Kentucky unless there are enough sufficiently skilled workers and state incentives to encourage new start ups. I’m sorry you lost your job, but to blame it on ObamaCare, which doesn’t even begin to go into effect until 2014, is a bit of a wild stretch. I am interested to hear how you came to that conclusion.

        PS: I live in a very energy efficient home, produce most of our electricity through solar panels and I’m fortunate to live in a state that does not rely on coal for electricity.

  16. frida November 10, 2012

    This is quite unfair. What wrong doing have these workers done? I do think there must be introduced job-security to any worker. It is quite hearbreaking.

    1. Ed November 10, 2012

      There waas a time their union could have protected them. But the repubs have dominated the NLRB so long that unions are toothless.

    2. Ed November 10, 2012

      There waas a time their union could have protected them. But the repubs have dominated the NLRB so long that unions are toothless.

      1. idamag November 10, 2012

        That is why the big push to destroy collective bargaining so creeps like that can do what they want to their workers.

  17. Liz Feeser-Regan November 10, 2012

    I have lived for 63 years the first President I remember well was Kennedy, so that is a lot of years following what is going on in the world, I have never in my life seen such hate as I have over these past four years, if Obama paid off the national debt tomorrow the Republicans would find fault. Is this about Obama or do the Republicans who are such bigots find it impossible to except this man who is half black? One thing is for sure hate breeds hate. And this is anything but God like, why not pray to God to bring this country back and support your President. Robert Murray you pray was to the devil not to God.

    1. Kent November 10, 2012

      He doesn´t pray to the devil. He prays to himself when he looks in the mirror to shave every morning. He won´t be praying to the devil until he enters the life hereafter and shaves in the morning there.

    2. Joseph Hemphill November 10, 2012

      Robert Murray’s God is Money.

      1. texasaggie November 11, 2012

        aka Mammon

  18. dahlya November 10, 2012

    What say you, Mr. Romney, about Mr. Murray’s actions on YOUR behalf during the whole campaign? I heard not a peep after miners were forced to stand behind you for that photo op, while Murray decreased their week’s paycheck and threatened loss of their jobs if they didn’t. Now that they’ve been fired, don’t you have ANYTHING to say?

  19. Kenneth Heffley November 10, 2012

    I Donald Trump fire you Murray, i want to see your birth certificate.

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      I doubt if people like that are born, they emerge from pupae as larva.

  20. Alan Stein November 10, 2012

    Obviously, the company’s sales were down, and there was no need for the output of those employees. The cynical “prayer” is evidence of the CEO’s small mind.

  21. Sam November 10, 2012

    30 tons ????? That must be a misprint! One person could do that much in a year.

    1. Ed November 10, 2012

      Yeah, had to be.

  22. Mary Rita Horvath November 10, 2012

    Unbelievable! God puts the kings upon their throne, and this idiot decides that in retribution for His will, he will take away people’s livlihood rather than his profits.

  23. Bill Hartman November 10, 2012

    this man is going to hell for using the Bible for his wrong doing

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      Amen to that.

  24. turnipgreens November 10, 2012

    Wow, only in America!

    1. Ed November 10, 2012

      That’s where the repubs want to take America!

  25. Lorraine November 10, 2012

    The 3rd Commandment is not to take God’s name in vain. Yet the religious right uses “God” as a stamp of approval for every hateful and bigoted position they espouse. When will our Religious leaders start caring for the souls of their flock, by actually promoting God’s actually teachings not their rendition.

  26. aaastickit November 10, 2012

    close his business down NOW boycott this person THING not person must GOO GOOOO GOGOGOGO NOW
    his company killed inocent people by not living up to standards of practice because of him dammmm to this thing they call a person lay it on him GOD GOD GOD GOD U there GOD wake up bitch

  27. Mimi2kool November 10, 2012

    What a vindictive bastard! He can pray all he wants, but they fall on deaf ears when he responds in such a manner to his man losing the election.

  28. dljones November 10, 2012

    I know the cheated taxpayers have 19 solar companies to replace coal energy. You might be down to a 40 watt bulb and required to alternate visits to your neighbors for viewing TV. Or one could wire up 250 batteries used to power electric cars. These devices are stacked in an abandoned plant and without prayer you can be on Obama’s energy achievers list.

    1. dljones November 10, 2012


    2. Ed November 10, 2012

      So you don’t believe in experimentation? In trying something new? In trying to find solutions to problems? Sound like a repub.

      1. dljones November 10, 2012

        Eddie boy:: Your the problem to the solution. You and Obama and nine billion dollars, and “we got nothing.”

        See anything not fossil fueled on the East Coast? Excellent time for FEMA to provide solarized heat and light, until you need a grid to charge it. Come on, provide juice sufficiently to light more than a dim bulb? So “sparky the solar man”, do your own test tube work on your own check.

        That would be an original revelation

  29. stsintl November 10, 2012

    It is no secret that the coal industry in the US is operated by major crime syndicates. I myself experienced it some 50 years ago when I was designing electrical equipment and control systems for excavators etc. Obviously, the industry finds Republican Party a willing partner. Here is why the industry hates Obama and wanted Romney to take over.

    “Coal mines are inherently dangerous places to work. In the decade ending with 2009, 354 miners died, nearly 90 percent of them in small accidents that killed in ones and twos, like the fire at Aracoma Alma, rather than in the much larger tragedies that make national news. Most of those deaths were preventable. The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued 175,000 safety violations and levied $141.2 million in fines in 2009, more than ever before, but with little effect on the number of avoidable fatalities.”

    Read more:

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      Also, read the “Ludlow Masacre.” That tells what (not who) a mine owner is.

  30. JohnRNC November 10, 2012

    So take those 156 people and retrain them in a field with a future.

    The fossil fuel industry has a finite future because they will eventually run out of raw material. They can either participate [and reap the rewards of] a post-fossil fuel economy by being the “energy bridge” and part of the investment and development structure of new fuel sources. Or they can sit on the sidelines, pout, and refuse to take responsibility for the problems they create for themsleves and everyone else – interms of jobs, the environment and natural resource management.

  31. rpg1408 November 10, 2012

    ” Not only under ground are the brains of men
    Eaten by maggots.”

    Edna St. Vincent Millay

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      Right, RPG, all his money will not protect him from the conquerer worm.

  32. jcurtis595 November 10, 2012

    I think Mr. Murry is an ass but I also think these firings violates a dozen federal labor laws and these workers should sue his lame ass. It is his brand of so called “Christianity” that flies in the face of everything Christ stood for (a wonderful man whether you believe in his divinity or not).

    Jay Curtis (author of THE CODE)

  33. jcurtis595 November 10, 2012

    MR. MURRY, you said, “We ask for your guidance in this drastic time.” Well, God spoke to me and asked me to tell you this, “Shut the f*** up and rehire those workers and learn Christian charity, humility and Christ’s teachings of charity, love and compassion for all those less fortunate than you are. Care for the safety and health of those you send into harms way in the coal mines. Pay them a decent living wages instead of grasping at wealth for yourself, and know that the American dream is all inclusive. Memorize the poem on the statute of liberty. Study Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan and the Pharacy, and lastly, once again, SHUT THE F*** UP. YOU ARE NOT WORTH OF CALLING YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN, and where do you get off asking me for guidance when your own conscience must tell you that you truly are an ass.”

    Jay Curtis (author of THE CODE)

  34. jebediah123 November 10, 2012

    So the guy lays off 156 workers—-leaves them without a paycheck to pay their mortgages, car payment, food for their families and eliminates any company sponsored health care etc., etc.—-all because Obama (that foreign born socialist, communist, sharia law loving terrorist muslim) got elected! And then LIKE A GOOD CHRISTIAN goes to his bible and prays to God to find solace.


  35. Debbie Brady November 10, 2012

    As long as the republican party panders to the shrinking minority of raciest bigots than comprise it’s loyal base, it will continue to stride towards the obscurity it so richly deserves.
    Coal is as dead as your religion based intolerance Mr. Murry. Why don’t you just fold up your tent and craw back under the rock from which you emerged.

  36. ryueire November 10, 2012

    Fuck you Robert Murray. You are a fucking disgrace. And don’t hide behind your ” devout prayers and dedication to your own personal vision of what God means”. COWARD.

  37. Big Poppa November 10, 2012

    check to see if he fired any republicans

  38. Ruth November 10, 2012

    To All Republicans – we live in the 21st. Century. Quit bullying people because they will get even. There will be a Law Suit in tremendous proportions – and I hope it will cost you dearly – Do you realy think that with those Neandertal Ideas – you can impress people?
    Many need help, and don’t forget – an Amnesty for the Illegals – I can see you all blistering, but look at it this way – you make them leagal, and they will have to pay Taxes on what they earn just like the rest of us do, or so I hope. Because they are working I know that for a fact.
    So lets be civil and be nice – and thing will work out just fine.rk

  39. phantomoftheopera November 10, 2012

    he is a selfish, selfish coward. selfish because, i bet, he doesn’t lose any pay in all of this. selfish because he believes only he and his opinions count. coward because he blames others for his decision. i just bet god is so proud of him–not!

  40. Landsende November 10, 2012

    Murray was just looking for an excuse to lay all these people off. Corporations are laying employees off with any excuse so they can send jobs overseas and increase the unemployment rate and bolster the teapublicans claims of high unemployment. They will do anything, including destroying the economy, to try to regain power. I hope those employees file a lawsuit against him and hit him in his so called God loving pockets which is all he cares about. It is companies like his that are adding to global warming and polluting the enviroment with no thought to the consequences as long as he continues to increase his fortune. People like Murray use religion to justify their actions and are hypocrites because a REAL Christian would care about his fellow man.

  41. elw November 10, 2012

    Robert Murray is cutting off his own nose to spite his face. He would rather do that then live by the rules as set in the Constitution and State and Federal laws. He is the perfect example of what would happen in this Country if people like him actually took control. We would have a Radical-Christian, Taliban-like nation, where religious spin rules. Do you want to live in a Country where your boss can decide who you vote for, who you love, whether or not you have access to birth control, how you spend your money and whether or not you were raped? Apparently most of the Country would not; it is why the President won reelection.

  42. Laine DeGood Wheatley November 10, 2012

    it must be said…according to the Murry view of God…God chose Obama not Romney….Murry is having a temper tantrum because God made a choice in opposition to his own….he believes to know more or as much as God and is arguing with his Creator

  43. Hank Scott November 10, 2012

    they use to hire thugs to keep workers inline white or black wake up race haters

  44. nobsartist November 10, 2012

    Murrays going to wake up soon in a new tax bracket.

  45. John Six November 10, 2012

    I’m pretty sure these lay-offs were planned before and weren’t implemented till after Obama won the election. They would have been laid off no matter who won. You just wouldn’t have heard Murray make this outlandish claim if Romney won. This guy has one of the worst safety records in the coal industry and if anything he might be fearing that maybe the feds will finally quit looking the other way since Obama doesn’t have to worry about being re-elected in 2016. Wealthy Republicans are great at putting up smokescreens!

  46. jstsyn November 10, 2012

    How is the a$$ going to make a living? Or has he saved enough by dodging taxes he doesn’t have to. His employees should have walked off the job when and if he made them do something against their will. The guy could leave the country and live where he likes it better and good riddance. I hope his taxes go through the roof. He’d have something more to whine about.

  47. SamB1936 November 10, 2012

    Workers who lose their jobs because of climate change adjustments must be protected. Programs assisting them in finding employment must be provided. Unemployment compensation also must be provided. Providing assistance to those who are displaced because of climate change adjustments will be much cheaper than cleaning up after climate induced disasters. Businesses impacted by “Green” legislation should not be left dangling in the wind. We all truly are in this together.

  48. mkzp November 10, 2012

    What era/country am I living in? Murray forces his employees to attend a rally for Willard in August then docks them a day’s pay for it. Now he rattles off a ‘prayer’ to explain his justification for firing over 150 employees. How is this allowed? This is slave-ownership in 2012. The content of his ‘prayer’ is really disturbing. The word ‘meglomaniac’ comes to mind. This guy should be removed from his position as CEO. He speaks about ‘…lower and lower levels of personal freedom…reduced freedom…’ huh? Oh that’s right, it’s ok to be free as long as his slaves ‘freely’ choose to accept his republican, right-wing agenda. And I thought this was the ‘land of the free’…

    1. idamag November 10, 2012

      …and his salaried employees had pac money deducted from their paychecks.

  49. Anna Davis November 10, 2012

    This man is a total ASS. To play with the lives of these employee’s is unforgivable. Nothing has changed in the economy is the last week so his excuse is stupid. Shame on you Mr. Murry. What a horrible human being!

    1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      perhaps soon, murray will not wake up anymore.

  50. unoleulisgita November 10, 2012

    Another parsimonious CEO…
    Synonyms: cheap, chintzy, close, closefisted, mean, mingy, miserly, niggard, niggardly, stingy, penny-pinching, penurious, pinching, pinchpenny, spare, sparing, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous

    1. patuxant November 10, 2012


    2. idamag November 10, 2012

      narcisitic, hateful, controlling, angry, hateful, spiteful, greedy, unAmerican, selfish, unChristian, UnBudhhalike, UnHindulike, disgusting

  51. Rdzkz November 10, 2012

    People always “pray for you” when they are going to do nothing real to help you. They forget that God works only thru other people, not stuff falling from the sky. It is way of pretending they care and yet do nothing. [And yes, not everyone is like this.]

  52. Don Hinkelman November 10, 2012

    “Murray Energy …produces 30 tons of bituminous coal per year, making it the nation’s largest privately owned coal mining company.”

    Check your figures. “30 tons” would make it the smallest coal mining company. My guess is the correct figure would be more like 30 million tons. I know fact checking and proofreading are tedious, but if you are in the business of providing information, now all of your facts are put into question.

    1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      Thanks Don. We should force the power generation companies to NOT buy coal from murray and put him out of business.

  53. Michael McMurtrey November 10, 2012

    How is it “goodness,” “self control,” “godliness,” “kindness,” and loving to fire your employees just because the guy you voted for didn’t win the election???? Jesus had a name for this guy: “hypocrite.”

    1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      There is a more common name for that type of person…..asshole.

  54. Carleton MacDonald November 10, 2012

    Let me guess. Did he fire all the people who he found out did NOT contribute to Romney or attend one of his Romney rallies?

    1. Repugnatcant November 10, 2012

      All joking aside that sounds feasible from the likes of this jerk.

    2. Hillbilly November 10, 2012

      They all contributed to Romney he made sure of that. They were sent letters as to how much money they were to send to Corporate headquarters and on what date the money had to be there so it could be sent to the Republican campaign fund. He supposedly fined the employees and humiliated them in front of their co workers if they didn’t send the money when they had been told to send it.The extortion of his employees should send him to jail along with the other things he has done for the rest of his sorry life,

  55. idamag November 10, 2012

    This is an example of what the entire country would be like when corporations take over the country.

  56. Repugnatcant November 10, 2012

    What a putrid prick this jack ass is. He was getting ready to fire them anyway, he just had to wait for the elections so he could produce a good theatrical scene. 156 out of 3000. He cleaned house of the dead wood and manufactured a story to suit his agenda, what a selfish prick. I really loath people like him who use others lives to further their sick mind set.

    1. Hillbilly November 10, 2012

      No if the truth be known the 156 he fired he found out that they voted for Obama instead of his two stooges.If that fact could be found to be true there would more people than Murray in trouble.

  57. patuxant November 10, 2012

    This has to be the vilest and sickest thing I have read in a long time! Who in their right mind would want to be employed by such an idiotic company! I guess Murray must be bucks up to blow up his company like this. Oh…gee..and btw..I thought this was the USA and not Communist Russia. This dude is a complete A-hole!

  58. BerkeleyPitts November 10, 2012

    Opportunism. Opportunism. Opportunism. Trying to blame others for his own failings.

  59. Del WS November 10, 2012

    Murray is a vindictive sore loser who would have laid off those workers anyway. If he wants to blame anything for any lost profits, he should keep up with the news — the natural gas boom has put some serious hurtin’ on the coal industry. Maybe he’d like to talk to God about that?

  60. Jim Eaton November 10, 2012

    These clowns just dig themselves deeper into the hole. (No mining pun intended.)

  61. Wanda Elder Devers November 10, 2012

    Wouldn’t you love to work for this guy??? What a creep!!!

  62. Shayne Smith November 10, 2012

    I feel sorry for the people who have to work for this guy. My prayers go out to them.

  63. sydcom November 10, 2012

    but don’t worry, he’ll still keep making the billions he makes on the backs of the rest of his coal miners. they’ll all just have to work harder. Hmmm wonder if he’s ever been down in a mine. I doubt it!

  64. sydcom November 10, 2012

    so who is the producer and who is the taker?? He’s the taker and the miners are the producers, I hate to tell him.

  65. stcroixcarp November 10, 2012

    Isn’t this Murray guy breaking a few commandments here? #1. No gods before me–Murray seems to be worshiping Money. #2 Do not take the Lord’s name in vain–Murray is reducing the name of God to that of a capitalistic henchman. Jesus’s commandment #2 Love your neighbor as yourself.
    I pray that those 154 laid off miners can get better, safer, higher paying union jobs.

  66. Patrick Henry November 10, 2012

    This story is all wrong. There is a Federal Law that requires businesses to give 90 days notice of impending layoffs, but this was ignored because it would have hurt Obama’s re-election.
    Companies don’t do business that way, if they need workers they hire them, if they don’t, they lay them off, pure & simple.

    1. Richie T November 10, 2012

      Patrick Henry, I have no idea where you live or work, some businesses play that kind of game all the time.
      90 notice of layoff. Do you actually think they follow that law?

    2. Hillbilly November 10, 2012

      These miners and other workers at other businesses were sent letters that if “the right people were not elected” meaning Romney/Ryan there would be layoff and plant closings. These 156 miners were laid off because their egoistical boss backed the losing party and wasn’t able to buy the White House like he and many other rich people thought they could . They wanted to hurt Obama’s reelection and they tried to do it with threatening their employees with layoffs and plant closings. I don’t know where you live or how much experience you have had with big businesses,but you will learn that the 90 day notice law is ignored by big business all the time. The lay offs are not because the miners aren’t needed any more but because Robert Murray backed the wrong President Candidates and lost when the majority of American Voters voted for President Obama. Murray is a spoiled rich man that thinks he should be able to tell the rest of us who to elect as our President and then in revenge lay people off because his candidate didn’t win.

  67. John Oliver Mason November 10, 2012

    Punishing workers for exercising their rights as citizens? This is a DISGRACE! Someday the bosses will learn the THEY neeed US more than Vice Versa!

  68. Richie T November 10, 2012

    Attorneys are going to love this one.

  69. pinkpinkbear November 10, 2012

    Dirty Coal Kills anyhow!

  70. Hillbilly November 10, 2012

    Robert Murray needs to be put in jail for this stunt and him ordering his workers to go stand behind Romney while he gave a speech in Virginia then docking them 8 hours because they weren’t in the mines. He should also be investigated because of a judge that he backed. Who when he won the election reversed all the money awards given to the families of the miners that died in his mine because of unsafe working condition. The mine has been fined repeatedly for violations of the mine safety laws and as I understand it has never paid one penny toward these fines. There are other companies that backed Romney/Ryan doing the same thing. They are punishing their employees by laying them off because the majority of Americans banded together and wouldn’t let them buy the White House. Since they are laying people off after the election instead of before the election there should be some law somewhere where they can be punished for violating the workers and Our Constitutional right to vote for who ever we want to without fear of losing jobs when the bosses back the wrong party. Murray needs to be charged with voter intimidation and extortion for demanding that his employees give a certain amount of money as a donation for the Republican party campaign, he told them what amount of money to send to Corporate Headquarters and by what date. If they didn’t they were fined and humiliated in front of their fellow miners. He, the Koch brothers and the rest of their kind that sent letters to employees promising layoffs and plant closings if the “right people weren’t elected” meaning Romney/Ryan and their suggestions on who the employees should vote for in Federal, State and local elections should also be charged with voter intimidation and jailed. Murray can’t do something that many of his rich treasonous friends can, he can’t move his coal mines to China. The letters were Romney’s idea more proof that he doesn’t care about Our Country and people that aren’t millionaires like him. PUT ROBERT MURRAY IN PRISON FOR

    1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      go for it hill.

  71. onedonewong November 10, 2012

    And yet no story about SIU demanding that their members dues be confiscated and used to fund democrats. The mine knew that if Brak was elected his war on coal would mean an end to their employment. Those 50 workers can tank Barak for their employment status

    1. Hillbilly November 10, 2012

      You are a typical Republican can not even get the figures right on how many miners was laid off. There were 156 miners that lost their jobs because their boss backed the wrong people in his bid to buy the White House. Who or what is SIU, I have never heard of that union has anyone else ever heard of a SIU union? The 156 workers can blame a greedy, selfish, unchristian Republican for the lost of their jobs. Obama has even done anything to affect his business yet, he is just a uncaring, money hungry, rich fool that thinks he needs more money when he has enough to last him and 10 or more other people two or more lifetimes.

      1. onedonewong November 11, 2012

        the 156 miners lost their jobs thanks to your Messiah who wants to gut the coal industry

    2. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      is this another one of those “union boss” fairy tales?

      1. idamag November 11, 2012

        Nobs, onedonefullofcrap, let his racism slip on another blog.

      2. onedonewong November 11, 2012

        No different than the 1 that proclaims to be born in the US

        1. nobsartist November 11, 2012

          getting cold under the rock, loser?

          1. onedonewong November 13, 2012

            I’m waiting for your messiah to take his hand out of my pocket feeding those who have spent their lives on the dole

          2. Mort Alcoil November 14, 2012

            Obama has taken LESS out of YOUR pocket than any President in the last 53 years. Do some research about the FACT that tax rates have NEVER been lower on the wealthy; do facts EVER insert themselves into your delusional fairy-tale?

          3. onedonewong November 14, 2012

            No he INHERITED W’s ta policies he’s done nothing to lower anyone’s taxes

          4. Mort Alcoil November 15, 2012

            He is STILL taking LESS out of your pocket than at any time in the last 53 years; that’s a fact that’s irrespective of how it happened… Under OBAMA YOU are paying LESS… period.

            Once he RAISES taxes on YOU, THEN you can start bitchin and whining and stomping your feet like a spoiled brat, but until them, how about you enjoy the lowest tax rates in your lifetime…

          5. onedonewong November 15, 2012

            It started in 2004 under W barak had O input. Once he raises taxes in Jan he’ll blame W for the increase.

  72. commserver November 10, 2012

    This shows why there is a reason for unions.

  73. Eleanor November 10, 2012

    I realize the majority of votes went to Obama, but I don’t have to like it. I hate that those coal mine workers lost their jobs, but with all the green energy those bankrupt companies will produce, there will be no need for coal. To Nobsarist, save me a seat in hell, will you, I know you will be there. Most coal mines do NOT extract coal from OUR land. Most are owned by indiviuals or Companies. You are a big city boy, probably don’t know the difference between a hen and a rooster.Coal mines in the area where I live have been laying off small pods for the last 4-7 years. They are being forced out of business because the need for coal has decreased so much.Two fairly big operations have filed for bankruptcy. This just puts more on the unemployment rolls, but those hard workers suck it up, and make do, without government help, too. God Bless you miners and your families. I loved coal, we used it in our stoves to keep warm when I was a youngster.

    1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      funny how you bring up Solyndra but you mention nothing about a couple of idiots blowing more on 10 racists than what was spent on Solyndra.

      By the way, I dont believe in hell or any other fairy tales but I can guarantee you wont like where you are going.


  74. sharod1722 November 10, 2012

    We need to boycott Murray energy and make sure Robert Murray’s standard of living is drastically reduced. Just like the coal miners that he laid off, this man is insane. But we the people the 47%
    will just have to show this man, we mean business and we are not going to allow this man to hurt
    working families and get away with it. Just like we stood for President Barak Obama, we will stand
    with the coal miners.

  75. JAYROSE November 10, 2012

    my my I think your prayer mr. murry never went no father then the top of your head .
    Jesus says he does not hear prayers that are untrue. .you mite gain a lot of money on this earth .
    but you will have to answer on the other side when you stand before Jesus he will judge you .
    money or mitt Romney can not help you then .mitt moved jobe to china the day before NOV. 6
    the people that worked at sensata car plant begged him to cvome to talk to them he was 20 miles
    from there town . and mitt refused the people that take our jobs out of THE USA> because of greed will stand there to.

  76. well aware of situation November 10, 2012

    What an IDIOT

  77. Eleanor November 10, 2012

    Get another job??When we already have 11 million out of work??SURE just pop down the street, and get a job. A lot of the younger coal miners are working there because there are NO other jobs near. Most coal mines are out in the rural areas, not like in your big city, where you can just run down to the store. They will somehow manage. Family helps family, neighbor helped neighbor. Sometimes great ideas come out of these times to help make money. Ant by the way regarding their being required to attend a Rally, what’s the difference of requiring adults to attend a political rally When a school teachers took the entire school to a Obama Rally. Probably little ones have no earthly idea what a president is, let alone who he is.

  78. Roy Blankenship November 10, 2012

    Let’s look at this from another perspective: Anyone in the coal business who hasn’t seen the writing on the wall is in denial. Why was Romney promoting coal (at one mine’s worker’s expense, I might add) when it is not a clean/green technology and needs to be phased out? He was using the old “It is going to cost Americans their jobs” line, when in fact, the pollution from coal (in addition to black lung disease) has cost thousands of Americans their LIVES. Sorry, folks, the future is NOT in coal.

    1. nobsartist November 10, 2012

      because the koch brothers told him to.

  79. sleeprn01 November 10, 2012

    Perhaps he needs some Federal Regulators for mine safety to visit some of his coal mines. I bet they could find numerous infractions!

  80. ococoob November 10, 2012

    What an a-hole!!!

  81. nobsartist November 10, 2012

    murray will have to keep one eye open for the rest of his miserable life.

  82. hljmesa November 10, 2012

    He needs to speak with Mr. Boone Pickens and place the blame where it belongs.

  83. Rolando Garcci-Zendejas November 10, 2012

    Get your head out of your rear end and quit hiding behind the bible. The devil knows the bible too!! I do not judge….someone else will take care of that.
    All I read hear is nothing but cowardly bigotry!!! So sad,sad, sad for ignorant racist grumpy old men!! Welcome to my America….the Continental, not the US of America!!

  84. ladyj November 10, 2012

    he is an a## hole, he just doing it to prove a point, that Obama got back in he was against and he is a bigote and did not have the right t do what he did and use the Bible to cover up his decision. he is not a man and never will be either. Fireing or laying off employee because Obama wrong STUPID!!!!!!!

  85. Dianne Boling Murray November 10, 2012

    Robert Murray is making a mockery of God! Republicans call themselves Christians, but their policies and practices do not reflect christian values. I doubt Jesus Christ himself would be welcome in Murray’s church. He will be held accountable for his actions in this life and in the next.

    My heart goes out to the 156 people whose lives he has changed forever… for no reason, other than his own hatred and stupidity.

  86. redeyedsil November 11, 2012

    Ignorance lives on….

  87. donaldogomez November 11, 2012

    Murray is the proof that a man can achieve a level of economic success and still have a brain like across eyed lemming with a frontal lobotomy. He displays this pathological hatred of Obama that was not in evidence when Bush&Co were wrecking and racking our economy.He flatters himself that he is a job creator perhaps.No doubt whatever federal assistance he can procure to peddle his coal, that won’t be “taking”……..since he frames his dead-ass illegal firing of workers in christian terms it is a good bet that his mines have or will attract the attention of the EPA or some other federal agency who could shut his ass down.(guys like this are always the ones whose facilities are death traps and eco-disasters.) And after he is caught,fined or closed down, then, and only then will he wonder why his God was so cruel to him.

  88. socrates2 November 11, 2012

    Let me preface with a bit of macroeconomics: demand fuels production. If there existed a demand for Murray’s product he could not afford to lay off necessary staff, as he would be unable to meet demand. I am willing to bet he had already factored in his salary, bonuses, perks and investor profits when he hired this staff at low wages. I remain confident that his plan to lay off this staff was already in the works, and is scapegoating the election results. Rather than take a cut in pay or reduced profits Murray sacrificed the most vulnerable: staff. This man is just another economic bully who only views humans as means to his ends and not as ends in themselves. Pathetic.
    I’d like to find out which companies buy Murray’s coal so that I can boycott them.

  89. joyscarbo November 11, 2012

    That’s so wrong.

  90. Robert M November 11, 2012

    So for all of the blather about Obama’s war on coal, the fundamentalist republican is the one who has chosen to declare war on workers.

  91. Michael Kollmorgen November 11, 2012

    30 Tons of Coal? That don’t seem like a lot of Coal to be honest – especially per year as the article states. Maybe a Typo mistake.

    Now, the Republicans are probably going to jump on it and blame Obama for the firing too.

    Afterall, during the election, Obama’s been blamed for everything one could imagine. Why not this as well!

    I’ve always said, these Republicans and Religious Radicals are experts at the Scapegoat Game.

    WE got to find a way of putting these people back into Pandora’s Box where they originally escaped from. The nearest mental facility would be a good start and throw the dam key away.

  92. Dianna S November 11, 2012

    If these people were laid off, this soon after the election, their fates were sealed prior to the election. It wouldn’t have made any difference who was elected, these employees would have lost their jobs. To use the re-election of the President as an excuse is pathetic and an insult to the people laid off. Murray Energy and Utah Coal are in business to make a profit and could not afford just to lay people off to make a political statement. They laid them off because that was their plan in the first place and it would not have mattered if Mickey Mouse or Jesus Christ had been elected, these workers were gone. To disguise it otherwise is another projected falsehood that the Republicans enjoy more than working to find solutions. As far as God entering the political field and waying in, we must remember He gives us choices. He doesn’t take sides and He loves us equally whether we are Democrats, Republicans, Independents or non-voters, Christian, Jews, Muslims, non-believers, rich or poor or in-between. It is up to us to make the decision to love him back through Faith. He made the decision to love us unconditionally when He took the cross to bear. It is shameful that any party, any group, would think that they are the chosen ones over another. Do you really think Heaven is segregated? Do you really think these people were laid off due to the re-election of the President? Give it a rest and take off your blinders.

  93. jackdeegan November 11, 2012

    3000 workers produce 30 tons of coal? 100 workers produce 1 ton of coal? Each worker produces 20 lbs. of coal per year? Either they are not efficient or someone got the numbers wrong.

  94. Ebenezer Akrong November 11, 2012

    Is there anyway the Govt. can help this workers with a lawyer to sue him Murray for wrongful dismissal?

    1. idamag November 11, 2012

      Ebenezer, you just gave me an idea. Let’s contact the Southern Poverty Law Center. They sue on the behalf of people who have been hurt by hate groups.

  95. Bill Short November 11, 2012

    He’s about as Christian as Satan.

  96. Michael Ross November 11, 2012

    My recommendation to those 156 layoffs is to let everyone know who is buying coal from Murray Energy so we can start our boycott petition(s) ASAP.

    I know you’ve likely got friends working for him still, but the only way a corrupt barrator like Murray can be fought is by cutting into his profits.

    Trust me, if a boycott could get Chik-Fil-A to disavow its CEO’s gay marriage stance, we can get Murray Energy to give you your jobs back.

    1. idamag November 11, 2012

      I’m in.

  97. ijac234 November 11, 2012

    This is the reason why we have and should continue to have a seperation between chuch and state.Those workers have a law suit and should sue the CEO of this company.Nothing could have happened if the CEO had not treatened the workers first.

    1. Michael Kollmorgen November 11, 2012


      There is NO true seperation between Church and State. Never has been. Our Founding Fathers fell short of spelling out exactly what this seperation should have been in our Constitution. What language there is, is half-hearted and murky at best. Certainly does not meet our current situations.

      IF there would have been more clearer language in the Constitution, we wouldn’t have so many cases in front of the Supreme Court and State Supreme Courts involving issues concerning religion and politics.

  98. trishafl November 11, 2012

    What a disgusting, despicable excuse for a IN-human being. The good Lord givith and he takes away, to hide be hide some perverted, interpretation and fire good, hard working people because of the color of this President’s skin is showing the evil in this man’s heart and soul. Going to H- is just too good.
    Bless those who lost their job, but congratulations on finding a true human to work for in the future.
    As an independent voter, I am now, more than ever a believer in just how real the democratic party is to the majority of Americans. Those that ARE real Christians do not
    see color and diversity. Just people, working to build a better America for themselves and their families. Thank God for President Obama and his efforts in making that happen for you and me.

  99. sp November 11, 2012

    Can what Murray did be legal? Can they employees sue? Someone should look into this and protect their rights!

  100. Alex Howard November 11, 2012

    And nobody can do anything about this travesty?

    There truly is no right way to do the wrong thing. Ascribing his decision to the election and backing it up with the Bible are simply incredible.

    No Democrat business owner would ever do this. and you can take that to the bank, even Romney’s off-shore bank.

    1. nobsartist November 11, 2012

      Call your power company and find out who they buy coal from. If they buy it from murray, find another power supplier.

  101. soul68 November 11, 2012

    Stay classy Republicans. Want to know why the demographics are shifting against you, it’s because of garbage like this.

    The fact that this jerk tried to morally whitewash it by hiding behind faith and prayer just takes it to another level of disgust.

  102. RoseMary Joseph November 11, 2012

    That’s downright un-American….anyone’s political beliefs are off limit in the workplace and at home….I believe he should be replaced as CEO!!!!! WHERE IS THEIR UNION!!!!!

  103. Bill Shelley November 11, 2012

    Isn’t this the same Robert Murray whose coal company killed several workers back in the early 2000s?

  104. Arlene C. Harris November 11, 2012

    it’s all about coal vs. natural gas. Have you seen those “clean coal” ads? Talk about a propaganda campaign. Coal is pissed the govt is backing natural gas and other alternatives rather than the status quo from 80 years ago. Now they’re playing hardball with voter intimidation.

    Coal miners, come to Nevada. Mining is second biggest industry in state, besides tourism, and experienced miners are a premium. Coal’s loss is mineral’s gain. Think about it.

  105. erniecarol November 11, 2012

    Another rich bastard, 1%’er, doing AS HE PLEASES, just because he can. It is VERY EVIDENT here that this slimeball cares not an ounce for his employees, OR the principles that this country is built on.

  106. Joseph Francis Patrick Harty November 11, 2012

    Seems to me a reason for a class action suit and a boycott by whoever wants to get rid of this scumbag, is their an american company that would hire his employees? Maybe we could raise some money to get their workers all moved to locations near a real american job with an american owner. If I had a voice in the punishment I would call for a state wide sanction, boycott and a tax break for his competitors so as cut into his contempt for our citizens by bankrupting his sorry ass. [PS: Leave my country]Joe6pK

  107. Cookie Pacheco November 11, 2012

    Mr Murray is confused. He is the taker and his workers produce.

  108. daffodilly November 11, 2012

    Talk about Sharia Law! What criteria did this idiot use in choosing who would be fired? If the jobs were necessary, will others have to be hired to fill them? What madness is afoot in the country? Maybe Murray Energy Corp. is ripe for a Bain Capital hostile takeover!

  109. danduckworth November 11, 2012

    No changes have taken place…. That is the problem. He held on as long as he could hoping ObamaCare would be repealed and now it will not be.

    John Galt

    1. nobsartist November 11, 2012

      Ayn Rand-
      “Where do I apply for welfare? Only idiots buy my books.”

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  111. MikeG November 12, 2012

    Matthew 23:14
    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, even while for a pretence ye make long prayers

    And being the deeply compassionate christian that he obviously is, he has the gall to twist and pervert God’s scriptures to justify his selfish action. Does he really believe this is how a true christian shows “brotherly kindness, and love”? By depriving his employees of a livelihood and putting their families in financial straits? JUST TO PROVE A POINT?

    I believe it’s more likely that Mr. Murray, in the true spirit of self interest so common in the privileged 1%, is hedging against future losses or reduced profit margins due to the cost of compliance with environmentally protective regulations that the coal industry can look forward to in the near future.

    Rather than be a responsible, environmentally conscious corporate citizen and adjust his business model to comply with EPA regulations, and rather than ‘sharpen his pencil’, hunker down, and invest in retraining his work force to implement greater efficiencies, he will terminate 156 employees just to make his self serving political point.

    But we forget, many of the problems which have caused the companies to lay off employees are due to poor management unable to keep up with changes in the market and unwilling to invest in their workers. BUT IT’S ALWAYS THE WORKERS WHO SUFFER IN THE END.

    Seems to me he’s just another self righteous conservative who claims to be a bible believing Christian but who really doesn’t understand the true meaning of compassion and the brotherly love that Jesus Christ preached.


  112. wackyjacket November 12, 2012

    It’s too bad people like Murray don’t understand that Americans don’t want to choose between jobs and clean air, we want both! If he would spend some of the fortune he has made mining coal to send kids to college to learn in the sciences and engineering, maybe they would find a way to eliminate sulfur from his coal and we would have both clean air AND jobs!

  113. Michael Kollmorgen November 12, 2012

    This is basically the same thing that drove most of our Steel Producers out of the country -corporations that didn’t want to reduce their profit margins by investing in clean ways of performing their businesses, in favor of sending our jobs and wealth overseas.

    This allowed these corporations to spew their pollution in other countries and still keep their profits high due to cheaper operation cost and much less pollution regulations.

    Of course, in the end, this is not going to solve any of the problems of global warming, greenhouse gases, since in the end we’re all going to breath the same air no matter where its being generated from.

    This is going to catch up with these corporations overseas eventually. It’s just a matter of time when these countries start to see skyrocketing health problems they’er going to have to deal with, with their populations. People over there aren’t going to tolerate much longer than we did and force change.

    Then, where are these corporations going to move to, Mars maybe?

    People in China are starting to wake up to these games these corporations play on them. They are starting to grumble about low wages, bad working conditions, health problems are just starting to skyrocket over there.

    These Corporations days are numbered over there as well. You’re going to start to hear about major problems sooner than later.

    What Murryay did here is a drop in a bucket compared to what really going on in these other countries.

    1. nobsartist November 13, 2012

      people that figured they could move American jobs to China to escape regulations are in for a big surprise.

  114. Anthony Amoeba November 12, 2012

    Time for a class action lawsuit

  115. The Slickstah November 12, 2012

    What a dick.

  116. Joe November 12, 2012

    My God loves everyone and wants us all to have a better life. My God let’s us make choices and loves us unconditionally. My God gives advice and hopes we will follow it. My God cares for children and gives us ways to prevent unwanted children from suffering. My God is not hateful toward anyone. My God stays out of politics. If your God does not, then your God is an asshole, Mr Murray !

  117. Greg Simpson November 12, 2012

    just another idiot using the current situation as an easy out to fire a bunch of people and him not look like the bad guy.. and so he can make more money… Anyone with a lick of sense knows he did not have to fire those peope due to the election.

  118. Sohrob Tahmasebi November 12, 2012

    What a dick. Karma will deal with these executives harshly for playing politics with people’s livelihoods.

  119. Claudia Judd-Mcgrath November 12, 2012

    Many miners died in those mines, and Mr. Murray is responsible. Hopefully Obama will get those workers on another project, perhaps green jobs. And let Mr. Murray go down into the mine and dig out the coal himself, a horrible, dirty, dangerous job that leads to major health problems…

  120. Edward J. Belanger November 12, 2012

    So, to make a point you make even MORE “takers”? Now THAT makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

    1. nobsartist November 13, 2012

      Whats a “taker”? Is it a guy that received millions in tax breaks to create jobs, according to “trickle down” economics and then sends them to China?

  121. mar8784 November 12, 2012

    LOL What a nut case. And he calls himself a religious person? What a joke

  122. CPANewYork November 12, 2012

    Once more, the Republicans show themselves to be a pack of assholes.

    There’s a rumor that John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza, is going to fire a bunch of people because of Obama’s victory. It seems that Obamacare will cost the company just too much money for them to keep the present staff.

    1. Michael Kollmorgen November 13, 2012

      I rarely buy Pizza from Papa John’s anyway. Their Pizza isn’t all that great.

      Personally, I think John has more BS than china has rice.

  123. Selene Sweck November 13, 2012

    hmmm, kind of like Unions forcing their members to contribute to Democratic campaigns and force them to attend Obama’s campaign events, show up in Wisconsin to protest, etc. It’s not right when anyone forces an individual to do something against their will or conscience. Unions are by far, the worst corrupt offenders. Save the millions in campaign dollars for pay for their members when they may have to strike. Obama’s administration has a war against coal producers, just check out the lawsuits in court as of today. This administration is trying to close down legal leases and bankrupt the industry with unnessary regulations. Loss of jobs, duh!

    1. nobsartist November 13, 2012

      Never happens. you are delusional. I will bet you have no experience with unions and its very possible that you have never worked a day in your life but somehow, you know all about those mean “union boss’s”.

      republiCONs have a war against American workers. I fully support the war against coal, after all, they are taking it from MY earth and they are killing people in the process.

      thats why the United Mine Workers was started in the first place.

      I will bet that you voted for willard the rat also, didnt you?

  124. JORAM November 13, 2012

    nobsartist is very right god does not like them reps.how can somebody fire those works in the name of god. shame on you,you are digging your self to hell once that f**king coal is gone

  125. Yankee November 14, 2012

    They said he did it for political spite, maybe in fact he held off hoping for a more favorable climate for his business that died when Obama was reelected.
    There is no doubt this administration wants to crush the coal industry.

  126. David Nunez November 14, 2012

    Interesting, oil prices are down and a coal company is laying off workers….what might be the reason?

  127. Bud-Kathy Jones November 14, 2012

    Not a Rep. or a Dem. but rather an observer. Right now a Brazilian mining company is spending 4 billion dollars to develop a coal mine in Mozambique. I fail to under stand how coal mined and burned in Africa will be any less harmful to the atmosphire or produce any less co/2. why put American coal co. and American miners out of work?

  128. Bud-Kathy Jones November 14, 2012

    So many of these post are very childish.

  129. tony November 14, 2012

    and americans let scumbags like this murray guy to still live in america …

  130. dmr69 November 16, 2012

    He must feel the touch of a holy sprit, only he can determine which 156 should be terminated. I’m sure R. COALMUDDY should blame it on a Black President,the blacks,the latinos,poor whites, the indignents who made him do it. I’m suprised he didn’t blame it on the DEVIL !!!!!!! My God, what is wrong with THOSE PEOPLE; Quote, Ann Romney

  131. dmr69 November 16, 2012

    That asshole had the fricking nerve to invoke a prayer before fireing those poor people. W.T.F. Is there any way we can stick it to these assholes? Maybe as small business’we can network and give them some kind of job to get and keep them from regretting their choose. That would really stick it to the $$$$$$ is my God and only God A-HOLES that think thats the only way to get even with WE THE PEOPLE choice’s. I live in Cicero IL. If you need my number email me at dimas@dmrconstructionremod.com and I’ll see and do everything I can to help you feed and take care of your family through donations, contributions,jobs or whatever!!!!! Don’t let these assholes take you down!!! This was truly a DEMOCRACTIC EFFORT to do what we all felt was the right thing to do!!! Listen, I’m not a holy roller or anything of the sort. I do believe in fairness. What we have just learned of Robert Murray is just the begaining. There will be a shitload of this to come from people like him. Just like what we did for P.O.T.U.S. we need to do for each other. DON’T LET THEM FEEL THAY WON IN ANY SENSE OF THE WAY!!!!!!! My email is there, let me know what you think. If you want to help. I’ll use this term, you all know it: LETS ROLL

  132. Greg Gwinn November 18, 2012

    If fired for nothing these folks can draw unemployment for a year or so unless they get another job sooner. The job market is not THAT bad now. My wife and I both got decent jobs in the last year after Obama’s policies started regaining the millions of jobs that the Bush economy had lost.

  133. bluesborn November 19, 2012

    There ya go. Fire everyone just in time for Christmas because they didn’t vote the way you told them to.They must think they live in a country with democratic elections! Well you disabused them of THAT particular notion didn’t you Mr.Murray? Touching prayer as well.I’m sure Jesus loved all that barely suppressed old testament rage.


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