As bad as it is to live in a town where the main industry is near death, it is much worse for a shaman to come and say he can restore that industry to life. But that is what Donald the Trump did in coal country.
"President Donald Trump has promised to put coal miners back to work and on Tuesday he signed an executive order aimed at rolling back environmental regulations.
Included in the order is a review of the Clean Power Plan, a set of federal guidelines that give states a framework for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired electricity plants, particularly those that burn coal.
"My action today is the latest in a series of steps to grow American jobs and to grow American wealth. We're ending the theft of American prosperity," Trump said before signing the order."
Not everyone is buying it. From CNBC, here''s Congressman John Yarmouth (D, Ky)
"They've decommissioned a lot of coal-fired plants. They've gone to natural gas plants. So I'm not sure that there's going to be that much of an impact, even in terms of increasing demand for coal," he said in an interview with "Power Lunch."
And even if that demand rises, the jobs still won't come back to places like eastern Kentucky because coal is too expensive to mine, Yarmuth said.
"It's not competitive anymore with natural gas."
|P. Kevin Morely Times Dispatch|