A Senate Committee composed of Senators Daschle, Clinton, and Feinstein have announced that the rescue of the trapped Pennsylvania coal miners has been cancelled, and the miners will, by recommendation of the Committee, be placed back in the mine.
The Senators noted the following violations in the rescue process:
10. Heavy diesel equipment was moved to the rescue site without concern for possible air pollution.
9. Water was pumped out of the mine without first determining if it was polluted, and without providing an environmentally safe catchment area for the water.
8. Numerous holes were drilled in the ground during the rescue, without first performing an Environmental Impact study.
7. No effort was made to ensure racial, ethnic, and sexual diversity of the rescue workers.
6. The Governor of Pennsylvania was heard to say "Thank God!" during a live television broadcast of the rescue, thereby violating the separation of church and state.
5. Several people at this public, government-supported rescue mentioned praying.
4. The trapped miners did not represent a diversified cross section of American society.
3. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Hillary Clinton were not given sufficient time for photo ops and speech making at the site.
2. The Senate was not given sufficient time to determine whether or not any Republican officeholder owned stock in the coal company, thus being responsible for the conspiracy that caused the mine to flood.
1. No one credited Al Gore with the invention of mine rescues.
"Once a diversified group of miners has
been chosen and placed back into the mine shaft, the holes will be sealed, the
water will be returned to the mine, and the rescue will then be undertaken
again, in an environmentally and politically correct manner," the Committee