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


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.


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


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)


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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  1. Jeff Wilson
    August 8th, 2007 | 5:13 pm

    Nice post. It’s clear that Bob Murray is trying to cover his ass with every bogus mention of “seismic activity”.

    I hope the lawyers get ahold of his ass and close him down.

  2. To The Hilt
    August 8th, 2007 | 5:22 pm

    Digging up coal has absolutely no effect on the climate.

    It’s burning the coal that allegedly might hypothetically warm the so-called globe.

  3. August 8th, 2007 | 8:09 pm

    I think the which referred to “coal” not “digging up coal”. It would be more clear if JD could write above a 3rd grade level.

  4. Jeff Wilson
    August 9th, 2007 | 8:47 am

    CNN are being pussys about this story. There is now several “coal keeps America running” commercials playing on CNN. It’s well known that Bob Murray is on every coal organization and can tighten and loosen the purse strings for advertising at a whim.

    So CNN opts for the $$$ instead of railing this guy for telling lie after lie.

    Our god damn system is so far broken.

  5. Jeff Wilson
    August 9th, 2007 | 8:47 am

    Should have read “are now”

  6. To The Hilt
    August 9th, 2007 | 10:15 am

    Even so, the coal itself has no effect until it is burned.

    You can’t blame the coal. Do you think the coal wants to get set on fire? It probably hurts.

  7. JCauto
    August 9th, 2007 | 11:09 am

    “So CNN opts for the $$$ instead of railing this guy”

    I would most certainly opt for the $$$ if given a choice between that and railing a guy.

  8. Fishtickler
    August 9th, 2007 | 12:03 pm

    What about getting paid to rail a dude?

  9. bothersome
    August 9th, 2007 | 12:51 pm

    let’s get back to the coal. you know before they set it on fire they “pulverize” it? it’s tragic, poor little guys.

  10. McD
    August 9th, 2007 | 1:36 pm

    Then of course there’s the racially charged appellation of “charcoal.” Try being a piece of coal in West Virginia.

  11. Gabriel
    August 9th, 2007 | 8:17 pm

    At least they don’t burn him alive…

  12. pat
    August 12th, 2007 | 4:19 pm

    Bob Murray is not a popular person where I come from. As he closed down a mine, ignored the union and it’s members. But let’s feel sorry for this man not only is he once agiain looking at law suits he, apearrs to be in failing health. He will answer as we all do if he is as bad as he projects himself.