01 Dec '16, 1pm

Why U.S. Coal Industry and Its Jobs Are Not Coming Back

Why U.S. Coal Industry and Its Jobs Are Not Coming Back

Why U.S. Coal Industry and Its Jobs Are Not Coming Back President-elect Donald J. Trump has vowed to revive U.S. coal production and bring back thousands of jobs. But it’s basic economics and international concern about climate change that have crushed the American coal industry, not environmental regulations. by james van nostrand Mark Lyons/Getty Images Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia in May. At a rally in Charleston, West Virginia last May, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump put on a “Friends of Coal” hardhat and declared, “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back.” More recently, in a telephone call on Nov. 19 with West Virginia’s Governor-elect Jim Justice, President-elect Trump asked Justice to pass along a message to the people of his state: “We are going to get those coal miners back to work.” As a candidate, and...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/why_us_coal_industry_and_its...

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