For those of you that have not had the opportunity to read what we at nomoreapples have said regarding GW Bush's ties to BIG Coal and Big Energy at large I urge to you to read the previous posts The Bush Mercury Connection
, This is a crisis
and The ties that bind
in order to get up to date on this issue. It is as important as any problem facing our families, friends, and countrymen.
This is the profile of one James "Buck" Harless
. There is so much dirt on this vacuum of human decency it’s staggering. He makes the traitor Earl Nye
look like a fine upstanding citizen. His list of accomplishments include Elite Bush Fundraiser
, Bush Energy Transition Team appointee
, poisoning the American people(while paying special attention to West Virginia) among them: children-pregnant women
and any one else that gets in the way of his bottom line. I hope the devil has a special place in hell for this bastard. Without further ado I give you the man that has murdering the natural world, and those who depend on it, down to an art:
Name: James "Buck" Harless
Industry Energy & Natural Resources
Employer: International Industries, Inc.
Address: Gilbert, WV
Status for 2000: Raised at least $100,000
Status for 2004: Pioneer
Campaign money from James “Buck” Harless and others in the coal and timber industries casts a huge shadow over West Virginia government. Gov. Cecil Underwood’s predecessor filed lawsuits to collect $12 million that coal companies and their contractors owed the state Workers’ Compensation Fund. Gov. Underwood, who got 12 percent of his war chest from coal interests, borrowed a Harless executive to head his transition team. The ex-coal executive that Underwood named as Employment Programs Commissioner decided to halt any new suits against deadbeat coal interests in ’97. At the time, labor contractors that Harless hired to mine his coal owed the state fund at least $2.6 million. That year, when the state Division of Natural Resources (DNR) sought to assemble a state task force to find a way to acquire spectacular Blackwater Canyon, legislators financed by the timber industry killed the measure before it could even be debated. “Timber baron Buck Harless was one of Governor Underwood’s biggest financial contributors,” noted WV Citizens Action Director Norm Steenstra. “It appears the Senate is unwilling to take any kind of leadership position on this issue for fear of losing Buck Harless’ campaign money.” A West Virginia University (WVU) trustee complained in 2000 that a contractor hired to remove cancer-causing asbestos from a UWV arena had received up to 29 OSHA safety violations since ’94, including “serious” ones such as failing to give workers equipment to prevent asbestos inhalation. “As someone who has a lot of experience with OSHA, that’s not an undue number of violations,” Trustee Harless said. In the same period, Harless’ lumber company settled 24 violations, including 13 “serious” ones.(end exerpt)
Source: Campaign Money Watch
2000 cycle; Minor League Pioneer
2000 cycle; Major League Pioneer
2004 cycle; Major League Pioneer
2004 cycle; Ranger
Of Special Interest
Corporate or Campaign Scandal
Corporate Welfare Recipient/Dispenser
White House Sleepover Guest
Profile last updated Nov 20, 2003
Apart from being a Pioneer, coal and timber baron James “Buck” Harless gave $100,000 to the Bush-Cheney Inaugural fund and organized other coal interests to help make Bush the first Republican since 1928 to win West Virginia’s electoral votes (the votes were crucial to Bush’s hair-thin victory). Six months later, West Virginia Coal Association Director William Raney praised members for their efforts and said, “You are already seeing in his actions the payback, if you will, his gratitude for what we did.” Bush appointed Harless’ grandson (James Harless II) to President-Elect Bush’s 2000 Energy Department transition team that shaped the administration’s supply-side energy policy administration. His administration also: reversed its campaign promise to reduce global warming by cutting carbon-dioxide emissions; and eased rules that discouraged coal miners from shearing off mountain tops and dumping the debris in river valleys. “We were looking for friends, and we found one in George W. Bush,” the elder Harless told the Wall Street Journal. After a lawsuit forced the Bush administration to impose some limits on mountaintop removal mining in 2003, West Virginia environmentalist Cindy Rank said,” We never would have agreed to settle the case if we had known the extent to which the administration will go to have politics trump scientific reality.” West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood, who got 12 percent of his war chest from coal interests, appointed a Harless executive to head his transition team in 1996. The ex-coal executive that Underwood tapped as employment commissioner announced in 1997 that the Underwood administration would not sue any more coal interests for shortchanging the state Workers’ Compensation Fund. Underwood’s predecessor sued coal interests that owed the fund $12 million, including $2.6 million from Harless’ labor contractors. That year timber-financed lawmakers also killed efforts by state environmental officials to acquire spectacular Blackwater Canyon.(end exerpt)
For the love of money.
"King George" has done more than sell off the public health and the public good to the "Buck" Harless' of the world. He has seen fit to further reward this particular cannibal of the American people with various appointments. Case in point: Bush appoints Harless to United States Air Force Academy Board of Visitors
Here is the official announcement put out by the White House(Office of the press secretary) Nominations and Appointments
See Buck finance the POTUS election. See the POTUS return the favor.
Vlad Tepes, known more widely as Vlad the Impailer, was the prince of Wallachia in Medievel Europe. He was known for impailing his enemies, which consisted largely of citizens of his own land. In the midst of fields filled with thousands of men, women, and children on stakes, rotting in the sun, and being eaten by birds, Vlad sometimes leisurely had his lunch. By the most authoritative accounts, Vlad was the model for Bram Stokers’ Dracula. I am reminded of him when I think of “Buck” Harless for several reasons. 1) Vlad replenished his treasury by sacking cities in his own country and murdering/robbing the inhabitants. “Buck” adds to his treasury by doing much the same. He makes his money off the destruction of the land of his country and the lives of his countrymen.
2) Vlad tried to buy his way out of Hell by building monasteries in Wallachia. “Buck” is also trying to buy his way out of Hell by
A) funding student athlete programs: “Thanks to Mr. Harless’ generous financial contributions, the Program is able to provide numerous support services to student-athletes. His support of higher education is evident throughout Marshall University and the state of West Virginia.
Mr. Harless generally visits the Program twice a year, once in the fall during the Buck Harless Award ceremony and once in May for the Senior Graduation Brunch.
Gullickson Hall 210, One John Marshall Drive,
Huntington, WV 25755
B) Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Alum Board Pools Resources
In an effort to raise more dollars for the nurturing of future ministers, a Challenge Grant has been issued to encourage new and increased gifts to the Annual Fund in the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Commitments of $10,000 were sought from a faculty member, an individual a trustee and an alum. Commitments were obtained from Dr. Eugene March, faculty member; Mr. Peter Anderson, trustee, and James “Buck” Harless, a benefactor. In the absence of one single alum donor, the Alum Board of Directors pooled their resources to add $10,000 to the Challenge Grant for the alums. This brings the matching fund total to $40,000.(EE)
C) WVU physics prof gets new WVU teaching award
The award was made possible by Dr. Gene A. Budig, WVU's 17th president, who is now president of baseball's American League. It is named for the wife of James "Buck" Harless, a state coal executive, who was recently appointed a member of the University System Board of Trustees Also see: Intranet: Focus Volume 13, Number 20 -- October 2, 1998: "Teaching Award Established
Harless makes his fortune from the misery of millions and then thinks it’s all just fine so long as he throws the occasional bone to the people whose lives he threatens and destroys. Just like Vlad. I hope they have to share a room in Purgatory.
For more on exactly how and what Harless does to ruin the planet and those who depend on it(everyone) see:
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Here’s an excerpt from the above link: Frequent blackwater spills from these impoundments choke the life out of streams. One "spill" of 306 million gallons that sent sludge up to fifteen feet thick into resident's yards and fouled 75 miles of waterways, has been called the southeast's worst environmental disaster.
A federal judge has twice ruled that most valley fills are illegal under the Clean Water Act (CWA). His first ruling was overturned on a jurisdictional issue, and his second ruling is now under appeal by the Bush administration. In case the appeal doesn't go the way he wants, Bush has rewritten a 25-year-old rule of the CWA, thus legalizing illegal valley fills. The federal judge reminded Bush that only Congress can rewrite the laws of the land. The whole issue is up in the air. Other aspects of MTR are also illegal, but the outlaw coal industry has many politicians, from the local to the national level, in its pocket. Coal companies continue to buy politicians' support, so they can do whatever they want, choking out the democratic political process just as their frequent spills choke the life out of streams.
Bush received millions of dollars from the coal industry during his 2000 election campaign. He made three trips to West Virginia prior to taking up residence in the White House and has made two visits since to promote the re-election of pro-coal Congresswoman, Shelly Moore Capito - who also receives hefty donations from the coal industry. One of Bush's big supporters in West Virginia, James "Buck" Harless (a Bush "Pioneer"), who raised $250,000 for Bush, had a private audience with the President at Bush's ranch. What's more, his grandson, James H. Harless II, was chosen as an energy policy adviser during the White House transition.(EE)
See Dick escape all justice for the many crimes he has committed:
Panel votes to drop big coal firms from lawsuits
Some more need to know info from The Sentinel:
“This decision was a major victory for the coal mining industry and its allies in Congress, who for years have fought against proposals to regulate emissions. During the 1999-2000 election cycle, the coal mining industry contributed more than $3.8 million in soft money, PAC and individual contributions to federal parties and candidates, with the dollars going almost entirely to Republicans. The industry was one Bush's biggest contritubtors, over $114,000 during the election. James "Buck" Harless, the head of International Industries, a West Virginia mining company, also was named as a Bush Pioneer -- a group of individuals credited with raising more than $100,000 for the Bush campaign. In addition to contributions to Bush's regular campaign account, Harless also wrote a $100,000 check to the Bush-Cheney Inaugural Fund last January matching other contributions from the mining industry.
Webguild Sentinel Score Two
Some more NTK info from The Center for Public Integrity
“Among those who stand to benefit from the migration back to coal is James "Buck" Harless, a West Virginia coal and timber baron who served as a Bush Pioneer. Harless also donated $100,000 to the presidential inaugural, and was one of more than thirty energy-industry officials who served on the Bush Transition Energy Advisory Team. According to the Charleston Gazette, Harless played a role in the appointment of Michael Castle to a position created specially for him in the Philadelphia office of the EPA—the regional office whose territory includes West Virginia. Castle, formerly West Virginia's top environmental official, worked as a consultant to the coal industry following his departure from state government and was an owner in several small coal companies."(end exerpt)
In closing I'd like to post part of a story from Graffiti Online - Issue Archive - Underwood's pardons draw criticism that hints at just how untouchable, how protected, and how close to our political leaders this threat to America and Americans really is:
• Mingo County businessman and longtime friend James “Buck” Harless, pardoned for convictions for public intoxication and disturbing the peace. The 81-year-old Harless, one of Underwood’s major donors, was arrested near Gilbert last November.
State Police claimed Harless and a group of local teenagers were drinking beer in the parking lot at the recreation complex Harless built for the town. Officers said the group was playing Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard of Oz” at “ear-splitting volume” through the stereo of Harless’ car, and alleged that when they approached the group, Harless lunged at them and flashed them the “sign of the devil,” with his index and pinky fingers extended.
Harless was arrested after allegedly jumping onto the hood of a trooper’s car and playing a lengthy air-guitar solo, shouting frequently, “I’m doin’ it for you, Randy!” –- an apparent reference to Osbourne’s former guitarist, the late Randy Rhoads. Police also discovered smoking paraphernalia at the scene, including a “bong” shaped like the Grim Reaper, but made no charges when no one in the group claimed it.
Harless never admitted guilt in the incident, but told a judge that he was “only trying to connect with these kids. As Whitney Houston –- or was it George Benson? -– once said, ‘I believe that children are our future’.”
As for allegations that he bought his pardon with a paper bag filled with cash, Harless angrily denied those claims. “I could’ve got a pardon out of Underwood for a fifth of scotch,” he told a reporter.> (EE)
Let's not let this guy off the hook. The least that can be done is exposing all his evil to the public, so he can no longer pretend to be a decent human being. If human being he can be called. However, there is one thing he can be called for certain: A TRAITOR.