“As president, we are putting our coal miners back to work. We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “We’ve stopped the EPA intrusion. American coal exports are already up more than 60 percent this year.”
Trump focused on political threads that helped launch him into office in 2016 and helped make Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton about as popular as ants at a picnic in this region.
In fact, Kentucky coal jobs and production continued down in the second quarter of the year, illustrating the unlikely prospect of a quick turnaround for the industry with the election of a coal-friendly president. Coal mines across the state cut 200 jobs from April 1 through June 30, compared to the first quarter of 2017, or 3 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. In eastern Kentucky, employment in the second quarter dropped 5.3 percent, compared to the first three months of 2017.