This is True – Coal Finished in Second Place
One of the cruelest aspects of a cruel president is the fostering of the belief that the coal mining industry can stage a vigorous comeback. This fantasy is based on the false belief that coal would prosper if only the regulations restricting it were removed.
Describing the Obama-era regulation as the “so-called Clean Power Plan,” the E.P.A. statement said that repealing the measure “will also facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the development of those resources.”
The truth of the matter of course is that economics and pollution doomed coal. The economics of coal mean that it is no longer feasible for coal to be used to fuel power plants. As far as pollution is concerned coal destroys the environment where it is mined, destroys the air when it is burned and even destroys the ground when coal ash is disposed of.
But as long as votes can be secured by fooling some of the people all of the time the EPA under pollution advocate Scott Pruit will continue to promote the false hopes of coal mining states.
History will not be kind to these people.