The Coal Industry is Dying but Trump Refuses to Accept the Truth

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Every day we see another group of Americans who supported Trump suffer from his illegitimate presidency. Rural Americans, farmers, auto workers, those employed in the tourism industry have all experienced a decrease in their lifestyle since January 20, 2017. However, the group most harmed and the group which received the most promises from the orange man are coal miners.

First, let’s be totally honest here. There is no such thing as ‘clean coal,’ and second, natural gas is cheaper, more available, and more efficient for heating and has replaced coal in most markets formerly dominated by the ‘black death.’

Fact: coal experienced its lowest production level since 1979 in 2018. Trump has done nothing to help the men and women who work in the industry, but he has helped the owners of the mines to become more wealthy.

“Nationwide, about 53,100 people were employed in coal mining—that’s all employees, not just the miners—in May of 2018. Since then, numbers have fallen by about 300, with the last two months of the year yet to be reported. That makes the whole industry far smaller than the 89,000 people who are still employed by bankrupt Sears when it comes to the lives of ordinary Americans.”

Trump is proposing an end to regulations which make mining more costly and force reductions in the profits of coal mine owners. Coal is far costlier to produce than electricity produced by wind and solar. But Trump is not intelligent enough to know that good-paying jobs are created when green power jobs grow. This is Trump’s foolhardy idea.

“The Trump administration is proposing that limits on mercury pollution from power plants are too costly to justify and no longer ‘appropriate and necessary,’ a finding that could make it difficult to impose more stringent curbs in the future.”

This for an industry which is dying. Every proposal from Trump has been destructive and a failure. From healthcare to tariffs, to his ‘wall,’ which has shutdown the government, Trump has proven that he is a classic loser.

Old men with old ideas are destroying our nation. Time for change. November 3, 2020 will be the day we save America. Republicans have proven themselves to be the enemy of the people. Vote them into retirement; this is your country, not theirs.

The Truth Lives Here

Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage


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