Sage, Ink: The Mine Safety Solution

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

This month, Don Blankenship, the former Chairman and CEO of the Massey Energy Company, faces trial for mine safety violations leading to the explosion at his Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners. Below is the modest proposal-style cartoon originally posted following the disaster in April 2010.