Obama Kept His Promise, 83,000 Coal Jobs Lost And 400 Mines Shuttered

by Andrew Follett | The Daily Caller  |  published on September 6, 2016

This Labor Day, America has 83,000 fewer coal jobs and 400 coal mines than it did when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, showing that the president has followed through on his pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry.

A 2015 study found the coal industry lost 50,000 jobs from 2008 to 2012 during Obama’s first term. During Obama’s second term, the industry employment in coal mining has fallen by another 33,300 jobs, 10,900 of which occurred in the last year alone, according to federal data. Currently, coal mining employs 69,460 Americans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Much of the blame for the job losses is targeted at federal regulations aimed at preventing global warming, which caused coal power plants to go bankrupt, resulting in a sharp decline in the price of coal.

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted,” Obama said during a 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board. Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also pledged that “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

  • Dolores Adams

    Hopefully when Donald Trump is president, he can bring them back.

  • Steven Chappell

    I can’t even fathom how these states that have Democratic Lawmakers keep reelecting them when the Democratic Party under Obama has destroyed the very livelihood of their state economies.

    • Blue 3

      Stupid ass Pennsylvania. West Virginia and Kentucky vote red now.

  • Luke

    The liberal trash must be so proud of this anti-American president they love so much, too bad they didn’t lose the cushy jobs they have..

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  • Rodney Steward

    Just keep them up, when we get a real President, he’ll undo everything Opey has done and it’ll be back stronger than ever! We burn less coal than any other country in the world, when we were using them! Another scam by the global change clowns!

  • justinwachin

    Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to punish the American worker during his presidency. Obama chose junk science over people’s livelihoods. It is likely that Obama’s misguided efforts are responsible for the rising global temperatures.

    Hillary Clinton will continue the Obama tradition of embracing junk science at the cost of American jobs. Twenty years from now it is likely the world will look back on global warming/climate change as nothing more than a clever hoax designed to take people’s money and freedom.

    Barack Obama has worked to destroy America. Hillary Clinton is for sell to the highest bidder. Both hate America. Obama has worked to destroy America. Hillary will sell America to whoever is willing to give the Clinton slush fund the most money.

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