Did Trump Keep His Promise to Revive the Coal Industry?

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 2 weeks ago in News & Politics
Two years into the Trump presidency, it's not looking good for the coal miners.

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Male 2,374
He fucking lied.
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7,047
The fact that more coal-burning power plants are shutting down as absolutely nothing to do with the president. Overall this is a good thing for society
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Male 613
dm2754 China is getting on the stick too w/renewable energy technology.  Coal is obsolete.
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Male 10,070
dm2754 I’d say it has nothing to do with the president — if he had not said he was going to revitalize the coal industry and put coal miners back to work.
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7,047
squrlz4ever many politicians naively believe they can accomplish all that they aim to. This is no way disingenuous. But Donald Trump has tried to put effort into just about everything he promised and has a better track record than Barack Obama

But if you want to make sure it's done be sure to cast your vote for Donald Trump in 2020. You can also contact your congressman and urge that they give Donald Trump the money he needs for the wall so you can move on to other projects.
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Male 196
dm2754 "contact your congressman and urge that they give Donald Trump the money"

I understand that you are a little confused right now. People need to contact their Mexican legislators, so that Trump can make good on his oft-repeated promise that Mexico will pay for the wall. I know that you will want to correct your misstatement.
You're welcome.
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Male 613
dm2754 Remember that former President Obama was blocked from getting more done by mostly the same Republican crew that is allowing Trump to control them and run the county into the ditch.  Not a valid comparison. It should get interesting for him soon though.
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Male 10,070
dm2754 I'd beg to differ regarding Trump and Obama's track record. Also, I can't ever see myself voting for Trump. Donald Trump doesn't possess an understanding of how our government and representative democracies are supposed to work.

Shutting down the government because he can't get his pet policies enacted? That's behavior I'd expect to see from a dictator, or someone who has strong dictatorial impulses, rather than a U.S. president.
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Male 196
squrlz4ever "Shutting down the government because he can't get his pet policies enacted?"
It's a communications problem. He ordered his staff to shut down the Mexican government because they wouldn't give him money for his wall. Everybody working for him now is acting. They're all new at this, and they got the wrong government. He'll notice the mistake any day now.
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Male 10,070
semichisam D'oh! Now it all makes sense.
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Male 196
squrlz4ever DJT has now decided that he will settle for a steel slat wall, if you and I will pay for it. Here is a recent photo of his prototype:



That should solve the problem!
BTW, I routinely carry a tool in my pickup that would do that in less than fifteen minutes. (I was once locked inside of a neighbor's gate and had to walk three miles to the nearest house to call him.)
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Male 10,070
semichisam Angle grinder, I believe, yes?
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Male 196
squrlz4ever "Angle grinder, I believe, yes?"
Dang! Now I know why a suet cake doesn't last a full day.
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Male 10,070
semichisam LOL! Squirrels with power tools. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Male 295
China is chugging coal, you can always sell... Oh, wait.
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Male 7,517
Realistically, to bring back those coal plants, he would have to create massive subsidies for the coal power plants that allowed them to run tax  free (where the government pays for ALL their costs) and generate pure profit.

I think the other power producing industries would be strongly fighting that kind of thing.
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7,047
daegog I was doing some reading and you are so right on the money 
https://www.google.com/amp/s/futurism.com/eu-banning-coal-mining/amp
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Male 9,621
He said what they wanted to hear. I can sympathise with that. If you are stuck in a dying industry and a dying community you are desperate for an answer. In UK terms I thought voting out was a very bad idea but I could see how small fishing ports were fighting for their lives. I spend a lot of my spare time ime in small Scottish fishing towns and they were the only part of Scotland I saw that way. Most of Scotland was Stay.  Turns out it won't help. They will be worse off.

But when your community is facing extincion you will grab at anything. Even a broken reed.
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Male 613
LordJim 
   The real trick to this is to get people working in the coal industry to seek out training for new jobs.  Since this is a multi-generational type of industry (graduate from high school on Friday and go to work in the mines on Monday with you father and the rest of the family), there often is denial in place that things will get better.  People continue with it too long, refuse to retrain and burn up their unemployment waiting to be saved when it does end and then they are stuck.  I was involved with employment/retaining programs in the 1980's when manufacturing and other industry was moving overseas and old technology was being phased out on a wholesale level.  The Obama administration was trying to pave the way for these people to upgrade their skills through retraining and increase employment opportunities in the renewable/sustainable energy field.  The Trump administration has made an effort to shut all of that down, effectively trapping these people in an economic dead end. They really got taken for a ride by Trump.  That guy and the Republican party members of Congress and the Senate that have allowed him to control them have got to go.
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Male 915
Shocking that folks are feeling betrayed by this idiot they voted into office.  The worst part about this is that Trump is such a horrible President, he's even sucked the joy out of saying "I told you so".  

God help the U.S.A.
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skeeter01 it's amusing that people think that the president can keep every campaign promise. It's like they believe Santa Claus is going to bring them everything they ask for on Christmas
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Male 9,621
dm2754 A few years ago someone hacked the UK Labour party website ( you'll excuse me if I don't remember the exact details ) They said if Labour won every voter would get a free owl. Now, I vote Labour anyway but if I didn't I would have switched. 

This may be impractical, but what if the US second ammendment were modified (or ammended ) to say every citizen has the right to bear arms. And owls. But only if you do both. If you are packing a little .22 you need a Little Owl with you, a big hand-cannon you need an Eagle Owl. (Obviously, strict animal welfar laws apply.) Carry any weapon you want as long as you have the appropriate owl. It's a crazy idea but it just might work.
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Male 2,345
LordJim Owl have to go along with that idea.
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Male 1,961
I bet a nickel he or his friends bought some land along the border and plan on making a pretty penny off the government selling it for that stupid wall. 
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Male 9,621
marsii That bears looking into. Always follow the money.
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