Appearing at campaign rally yesterday in Charleston, W.Va., presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to reopen the coal mines in a 45-minute speech that included no details of how he would do so.
“We’re going to get those mines open,” Trump declared. “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president, you’re going to be so proud of your country.”
“For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off,” Trump said at the end of the rally.
Over the course of the speech, the Republican businessman also said “you’re going to see what happens” to bring back the coal industry when he becomes president, and he would do it quickly, but provided no further details.
(Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)
Trump hit his presumptive general election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her comment that “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out business.” Earlier this week, Clinton apologized for her choice of words during a roundtable in West Virginia with coal miners.
A combination of factors, including the low price of natural gas and Obama administration environmental regulations, have put coal at a competitive disadvantage. It now accounts for less than a third of the nation’s electricity mix. Clinton has said “we don't want to forget those people” and offered a $30 billion plan to help coal country adapt.
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