Want To Be The Next CEO of Massey Energy As Don Blankenship Retires?

Brendan DeMelle DeSmog
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Sierra Club pranksters have posted on Craig’s List an all-too-honest job description for anyone hoping to apply for the CEO job at Massey Energy to replace retiring CEO Don Blankenship.  Think you’re qualified to fill the shoes of one of the worst polluters in America? 

Here is the Craig’s List job description:

Massey Energy Seeks CEO


Date: 2010-12-06, 5:33PM EST
Reply to: [email protected] [Errors when replying to ads?]


Massey Energy seeks a new Chief Executive Officer to carry on its important work destroying the environment and jeopardizing the health and safety of its employees. This position will oversee all Massey Energy operations (but don’t worry – stringent or really any oversight is not a corporate priority).

 

Key responsibilities:

-Ducking responsibility for grave accidents and enthusiastically (and with a straight face) shifting the blame to government agencies created to prevent such incidents.

Denying climate change, hating the environment and hating anyone who might enjoy the environment.

Trading campaign cash for congressional favor.

Threatening members of the media.

-Personally persuading workers to abandon union organizing.

 

Other qualities of a successful candidate:

-Inattention to detail.

-A really, really, really short fuse.

Love of vacationing with judicial and political figures responsible for decisions/rulings regarding Massey.

-Ability to whine in high stress work environments, despite media criticism.

-General flagrant disregard for miner safety a plus.

 

Outside of the purview of the position:

-Addressing safety violations (The Upper Big Branch mine has been cited for 1,342 safety violations since 2005 – whatevs.)

-Reporting accidents (Massey Energy did not report more than 20 accidents at the explosive mine for two years before the explosion.)

 

Must be comfortable in office dress code, camouflage.

 

Salary is $17.8 million, the highest in the coal industry, and can be expected to double from one calendar year to the next. Bonuses frequentlyawarded for absolutely no reason at all.

 

This is a full time permanent position and will not be eliminated like other Massey Energy jobs as the company increases reliance on mountaintop removal coal mining, which in addition to destroying West Virginian’s livelihoods and communities, has the added benefit of destroying mountains, valleys and waterways.

(For more information about the coal industry visit http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/.)

Brendan DeMelle DeSmog
Brendan is Executive Director of DeSmog. He is also a freelance writer and researcher specializing in media, politics, climate change and energy. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Grist, The Washington Times and other outlets.

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