Donald Trump not only spent the 2016 campaign asserting that he’d revive America’s dying coal business, he maintained giving up that false hope in 2017.
At a White House event last March, Trump announced the end to the so-called “war on coal,” and stressed, “I made them this promise, we will put our miners back to work.”
Yet so far, the project earnings for coal miners are almost non-existent, using just 500 added to the payrolls because Trump took office.
But that paltry amount will shrink even further when 370 miners are permanently laid off from 4 West Mine, owned by Mepco LLC, which is located on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.
Those just-announced layoffs are set to take place in coming months, leaving the sector with just 130 new jobs since Trump took office. That’s roughly the same amount of employees who work at a normal Sam’s Club retail store.
So much for Trump’s empty promise to conserve the industry and bring back thousands of occupations.