Under the Obama administration, the American coal industry was completely destroyed. Slews of companies went bankrupt and the idea of ‘clean coal’ technology went out the door with the jobs once enjoyed inside of the dark, cavernous, mines of West Virginia.
“We’re bringing it back, and we’re bringing it back fast.”
– President Donald John Trump
— Ryan Cale (@rcale1776) February 16, 2017
Source: Daily Caller
Both chambers of Congress passed resolutions under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) earlier this year to eliminate the Department of the Interior’s so-called “Stream Protection Rule” on coal mine discharge into nearby streams.
Trump was expected to sign the CRA into law. The president said in a previous statement the $1.2 billion stream rule “duplicates existing protections in the Clean Water Act and is unnecessary given the other Federal and State regulations already in place.”
Trump said he’s “committed to reviving America’s coal mining communities, which have been hurting for too long” — a major campaign promise he made was to rollback federal regulations on coal use.
Lawmakers have introduced at least 37 CRA resolutions to repeal Obama-era rules. As many as 150 regulations are eligible for repeal under the CRA, according to experts.
The Obama administration finalized the stream rule in December 2016. Democrats and environmentalists support the rule because it restricts the amount of mining that can happen in Appalachia.
Republicans argued the stream rule is duplicative and would force more coal mines to close, forcing more miners out of work. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota supported the rule’s repeal.
“Because of the war on coal waged by the Obama administration, over 240 coal fired plants have closed and 83,000 people have lost their jobs,” West Virginia Rep. David McKinley said in a statement. “Fortunately, we finally have a partner in the White House who understands just how damaging these rules can be.”
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