Don’t Expect Coal In Your Stocking: 5 Ways Trump Has Failed Miners

No matter how naughty youíve been this year, you wonít need to worry about finding coal in your Christmas stocking Ė thatís because for all of President Donald Trumpís boasts about reviving the coal industry, heís proven pretty ineffective at making that happen.

Truth be told, as an environmentalist, Iím not rooting for the coal industry to succeed in the first place. Heck, even coal CEOs and those within Trumpís admin admit coal is beyond saving at this point. However, if Trump is promising his base that he has the minersí best interests at heart, heís failing to live up to that in several ways:

1. THE JOBS HAVENíT COME BACK

Back in the summer, Trump boldly proclaimed that he had created 45,000 coal jobs since taking office, to the cheers of coal supporters. Like most claims by the president, however, it warranted a fact check, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there have only been 1,200 new coal jobs created, comparable to the rate under Barack Obamaís final months.

Thatís one hell of a discrepancy. With so many laid off miners looking to get back to work, Trump has to lie in order to say heís created a lot of employment opportunities, since those jobs just arenít there.

2. MINERS ARE PASSING ON OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Shame on Trump for lying, too, because miners have put so much faith in him that theyíre foregoing other employment opportunities waiting for Trumpís supposed coal boom.

As Reuters reports, programs are in place to train coal miners in other fields to get them working again, yet the enrollment has been down with Trump in the White House. By giving these miners false hope, heís denying them future financial security.

3. TAX PLAN SCREWS COAL

For all of Trumpís attempts to appeal to the coal industry, it turns out that his quest to save other types of corporations’ money in taxes would inadvertently screw over the coal industry.

This news comes directly from coal baron Robert Murray, an ally of Trump. He points out that the Republican tax proposal puts limits on how much interest companies can deduct from their taxes, a loophole that has allowed some coal companies to stay afloat. Evidently, eliminating that allowance is likely to put a bunch of coal companies under, even with the overall decrease in corporate taxes.

4. UNDOING ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION

Americans are already wise to just how bad coal is for the environment, so the last thing Trump needs to do is make the coal industry appear even less environmentally friendly. Yet thatís precisely what he and his party did when they overturned a stream protection rule designed to keep coal debris from contaminating nearby drinking water.

Sure, it may make mining a little easier by not requiring businesses to worry about environmental consequences, but from a PR perspective, itís terrible. At a time when coal miners ought to endear themselves to a public that prefers other energy sources, taking steps to allow pollution of both the air and water is not going to help them win any support.

5. ALSO UNDOING WORKER SAFETY REGULATIONS

To that point of loosening common sense coal regulations, the Trump administration published a notice that it was reviewing existing coal safety standards for potential elimination. Specifically, the Labor Department is analyzing respiratory rules that were put in place to help ensure that miners donít get black lung.

This rule isnít frivolous – 76,000 miners have died of black lung in the past 40 years. Protecting workers from inhaling coal dust should be an obligation for coal companies, not optional.

As Trump is poised to strip away miner safety rules, itís time for everyone to reanalyze the idea that Trump cares about the miners. No, clearly he cares about the rich people who profit off the mining industry rather than the workers themselves.

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Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

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Sue H
Sue H5 months ago

The Vile one is a Liar and a crook. :(

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Paulo R
Paulo R8 months ago

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Paulo R8 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven8 months ago

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Jim Ven8 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago

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Jerome S8 months ago

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Stephanie Y8 months ago

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Margaret G
Margaret G8 months ago

Ant M does not seem to believe this article, calling it "real fake news". Now I wonder, what is fake fake news?

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