Sometimes, this blogging stuff is too easy. If you start over here at The News Blog, and follow a link from the comments section, you get to this:
In 1997, as a top executive of a Utah mining company, David Lauriski proposed a measure that could allow some operators to let coal-dust levels rise substantially in mines. The plan went nowhere in the government.
Hmmmmmm ... that would be under the Clinton administration, who apparently weren't thrilled about putting miners' lives at risks. No problem. You just have to be patient.
Last year, it found enthusiastic backing from one government official - Mr. Lauriski himself. Now head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, he revived the proposal despite objections by union officials and health experts that it could put miners at greater risk of black-lung disease.
I'm not sure ... should I be sad? Amused? Depressed? 'Cuz I sure ain't surprised anymore.