WASHINGTON, March 1, 2017 — During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama made it perfectly clear that his intention was to “bankrupt” the nation’s coal industry and put it out of business. After losing tens of thousands of jobs, coal country will be finally rid of President Obama’s war on coal; according to Reuters, President Trump plans to issue an executive order next week ending the federal coal leasing ban.
Over the eight years of his administration, Obama issued executive orders and his EPA issued regulations that were not only costly to U.S. businesses, but severely curtailed mining and drilling. Many coal mining areas shed jobs as mines closed and towns folded. The environmental benefits of this were never demonstrated.
All of America became familiar with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s intentions towards coal country. She showed open disdain for the industry and for coal miners, and during a March 2016 Ohio campaign event told the audience, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
For coal miners and for others whose economic lifeblood is tied to the coal and mining industry, the Clinton’s dramatic statement was a promise to unlock Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was to be his weapon to combat climate change. Republicans in coal mining states tied up the Obama effort with legal challenges, but a President Hillary Clinton would have weaponized Obama’s plan with more severe executive orders.
Environmentalist radicals may be in shock over the Trump administration’s plan to reign in the EPA and its over regulation of the coal mining industry, but their court efforts to destroy coal providers may be in trouble, too. Legal experts surmise that President Trump can kill the Clean Power Plan regulation on the vine by simply requesting that the courts return the regulation to the agency for further review. Its life will effectively be put to an end.
Trump campaigned on the promise that he would end the over regulation of American industry. He has delivered on his promise by terminating Obama’s expansive Stream Protection Rule that severely limited coal mining waste dumping, with little or no proof that any harm had been done to the environment.