This morning, President Trump signed an “Energy Independence” order, undoing not only the Clean Power Plan put in place by President Obama, but several other of his policies on climate change. Trump stated that with the order “we’re ending the theft of American prosperity and reviving our beloved economy… We will put our miners back to work.” However, energy economists are skeptical that the new order reaches either of those goals. With the rise in natural gas usage and increased mechanization, use of workers in coal mines was already on the decline. Robert E. Murray, CEO of one of the largest coal mining companies even stated that the order would not likely bring the coal mining industry back to where it had once been, but even so, the industry stood behind Trump and the order–literally.

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