President Donald Trump campaigned hard on the issue of bringing back coal, promising the country's miners that rescinding Obama-era regulations would free the industry to add tens of thousands of jobs. In July, Trump proclaimed success, grossly overestimating the number of coal jobs added during his short time in office.
"Everybody was saying, 'Well, you won’t get any mining jobs,' we picked up 45,000 mining jobs. Well, the miners are very happy with Trump and with Pence, and we’re very proud of that," Trump said to an excited audience.
In fact, only a sliver of the alleged 45,000 coal mining jobs have been added, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
[T]he 1,200 coal jobs during Trump's presidency thus far are just 100 more than were created between August and December 2016 under President Obama.
Trump has insisted the problem for coal mining is one of regulatory burden, removing 29 rules so far and 24 more in the process. But experts disagree, saying renewable energy, natural gas, and automation are the greatest culprits.
"The regulatory changes are entirely outweighed by these technological changes, not to mention the price of natural gas or renewables. Even if you brought back demand for coal, you wouldn’t bring back the same number of workers," Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, told The New York Times in March