Trump Plants Kiss of Death on Coal Plants by Promising to Keep Them Open and Spewing More Pollution

Sep 2019
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like everything else Trump touches, the coal industry turns to shit, but in this case, it is a good thang, yo. As coal spews twice as much carbon dioxide into the air as natural gas.

(Reuters) - U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.

Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough to power about 15 million homes, according to the data, which included preliminary statistics from the Energy Information Administration and Reuters reporting.

That was second only to the record 19,300 MW shut in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s administration.

The replacement of coal with power generation from natural gas and renewables has cut total U.S. carbon emissions in four of the past five years. Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming, as coal.

The coal industry has been in steep decline for a decade due to competition from cheap and abundant gas and subsidized solar and wind energy, along with rising public concern over coal’s contribution to climate change.

Trump has downplayed climate change threats and sought to revive the coal industry to fulfill pledges to voters in coal mining states like West Virginia and Wyoming, mainly by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections.

Still, since entering office in 2017, an estimated 39,000 MW of coal-fired power plant capacity has shut.

If that trend continues, more coal plants will have shut during the first four years (2017-2020) of the Trump administration - an estimated 46,600 MW - than during Obama's second term (2013-2016) - around 43,100 MW.


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Jul 2014
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At least he wasn't stupid enough to say he would put coal miners and companies "out of business".

That was Hillary who was stupid enough to say it.

Of course, she apologized for that one...
 
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At least he wasn't stupid enough to say he would put coal miners and companies "out of business".

That was Hillary who was stupid enough to say it.

Of course, she apologized for that one...
Trump is stupid.. He shot off his mouth in ignorance and got stuck there.

Coal Consumption Keeps Dropping Under Trump; Coal Jobs ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10...
Oct 31, 2019 · There are indications, though, that the decline is about to resume. Before the 2000s, job losses in coal mining were mainly about better mining equipment and the rise of less-labor-intensive...

 
Jul 2014
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Trump is stupid.. He shot off his mouth in ignorance and got stuck there.

Coal Consumption Keeps Dropping Under Trump; Coal Jobs ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10...
Oct 31, 2019 · There are indications, though, that the decline is about to resume. Before the 2000s, job losses in coal mining were mainly about better mining equipment and the rise of less-labor-intensive...

Hillary shot off her mouth in ignorance first.

But, at least she apologized!

Coal was dying long before the 2016 election, and that's not going to change...
 
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Jul 2014
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Yes.. Coal has been dying for decades.. and Hillary wanted to retrain miners for other jobs.. Trump came along and said all the miners would go back to work in big beautiful coal mines.
And, along came Hillary who was just stupid enough to say it...