So we take away the Clean Water Act and allow mines to dump unlimited waste, and take away the Clean Air Act and allow power plants to spread unlimited ash and acid rain, and do in MSHA inspections so that miners lives are even more at risk. And what does that bring? Nothing. That’s what it brings.
About 33 percent of all the electric power in the united states comes from burning coal. Which sounds like a lot, and it is. But here’s the thing—less than a decade ago, it was 50 percent. What happened in the interval wasn’t Obama starting up a war on coal. It was fracking for natural gas. And coal jobs? They are well and truly fracked. Forever.