I’ve met Trump’s billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the one who forgot to sell his tanker partnership with the Russians before being sworn into office – a venture with Putin’s son-in-law, no less – as revealed by the Paradise Papers! It was just before Wilbur’s 2005 purchase of Sago Coal Mine of West Virginia through his International Coal Group.
In the first six weeks under Ross’ ownership, the Sago mine suffered two roof collapses. Ross said that, “We were comfortable, based on the assurances from our management, that they felt that it was a safe situation.” Safe financially, maybe, but a third roof collapse in January 2006 caused twelve miners to suffocate to death.
There were no working emergency phone lines to reach them, to get them to safety, as required by law.
But Wilbur – the man Fortune Magazine dubs “a revered vulture investor” – has a heart. In light of the tragedy, he has asked Americans to donate to the his mine victims’ families. He didn’t say, however, if you should send your money to his mansion in Palm Beach, or to the other mansion in the Hamptons or to his penthouse on Fifth Avenue.
– from Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast
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