If you want a simple and satisfying job, you’d probably better avoid one which involves working in US coal economics. They’ve become fairly mystifying. It was one of the key images in the run-up to the US 2016 election – Donald Trump in a hard hat telling miners that the coal industry would make a comeback under his leadership. “We’re gonna put the miners back to work”, said Trump. “We’re gonna get those mines open.” In practice, the opposite has happened. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel and the source of a large proportion of climate-changing greenhouse gases (GHGs). Since Trump came to office in January 2017, US coal plants have been closing at a near-record pace.
Climate News Network 13th April 2020 read more »