When coal lobbyists lining your pockets say jump, apparently West Virginia Congressman and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall says how high? According to a story in The Washington Independent this past weekend Rahall was set to jump out of a plane in the name of support for the coal industry. The event was billed as “a Nick Rahall affirmation of the importance of coal and an opportunity to pay tribute to those who extraordinarily serve and make personal sacrifices each day for the citizens of West Virginia and our Nation as a whole.”

Rahall’s West Virginia district includes some of the Appalachian Mountains most ravaged by mountaintop removal mining, including the decimated sections of the Coal River Valley. Read more here.