Translating Corporate Speak: Murray Energy and Bob Murray

by Johnny Debacle

Bob Murray, insane person and CEO of Murray Energy, a coal mining firm who owned the mine that collapsed in Utah, trapping six miners, has had a lot to say about the situation.

Corporate speak:

I don’t know if the miners are alive or dead, only the Lord knows that. But it is up to Bob Murray to get them out.
-Bob Murray CEO

Translation:

I am effing insane. The Lord knows this. These miners are screwed.

Corporate speak:

He also continued to insist that an earthquake, not a “bump,” caused Monday’s collapse. On Tuesday, however, Rafael Abreu, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, said a 3.9 magnitude event recorded Monday lacked the wave forms characteristic of a naturally occurring earthquake.

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But Tuesday afternoon, Richard Stickler, the assistant secretary for the federal Mine Health and Safety Administration, told reporters gathered near the mine that “retreat mining has been done at this operation.”
Salt Lake Tribune article

Translation:

The Lord knows this was not an earthquake.

Corporate speak:

You see, so-called “global warming” is a human issue to me, not just an environmental one.
-Bob Murray’s testimony before congress at a climate change hearing in March 2007(Link)

Translation:

A human issue for me, Bob Murray, owner of the 12th largest coal mining company whose entire business is based on digging up coal, which allegedly worsens so-called global warming.

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