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TRUMP Takes Steps to Revive the Coal Industry, While Ignoring Climate Change Scientific Conclusions

ArmchairPoliticianEPA, April 2, 2017, By Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US

TRUMP Takes Steps to Revive the Coal Industry, While Ignoring Climate Change Scientific Conclusions

President Trump signed an executive order that eliminates some restrictions on fossil fuel production, and boosts the use of fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal. This fulfills a campaign promise to bring back coal mining Jobs.

Trump ordered a review of the Clean Power Plan, which is an Obama administration policy aimed at combating climate change (global warming) It was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014.

Trump lifted a moratorium on the sale of coal mining leases of federal lands. Coal leases on federal lands at very low rates amount to coal subsidies.

The price of natural gas has declined because of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has increased the amount of natural gas on the market.

Coal has declined to 32% of US power production from 50% ten years ago, and hundreds of coal fired power plants have closed or are planned to close.

The executive order runs counter to many environmental and energy industry trends. There is a worldwide effort underway to enact a climate change initiative, the 2015 Paris Accords. U.S. utilities are converting coal power plants to less expensive and cleaner burning natural gas plants.

The order also ignores scientific evidence that fossil fuels are building up in the atmosphere, and the cause of global warming. The United Nations has developed forecasts of the impact of global warming, and groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science have validated the science that underlies global warming trends. The predominance of scientific opinion believes that carbon accumulations are caused by humans and at least contributing to global warming.

The development of solar power and wind turbines has produced clean energy that can compete with the cost of coal. The coal industry also wants congress to subsidize the removal of coal from coal power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

US coal production has declined to 739 million tons in 2016, the lowest level in 4 decades, and jobs declined by 60,000 over the last 5 years.

Coal mining jobs have been declining for decades, and workers now number only about 75,000. Renewable fuels, including solar, biofuels and wind, now account for 650,000 jobs.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion The Trump Administration’s executive order is unlikely to bring back substantial numbers of coal mining jobs. Also, Trump’s disbelief of climate change’s scientific validity is at direct odds with the predominance of scientific opinion, the statistics on carbon additions to the atmosphere, and the warming trend of average temperatures.

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