It can easily be said that Donald Trump manipulated his way into the Oval Office. He made false promise after false promise preying on voters’ economic insecurity and hope for the future. One of his biggest manipulations came when he promised coal country that coal mining was going to make a big comeback and jobs will come back and be secure.
Experts already knew that this was a promise that simply could not be kept, and Trump making the promise not only did these folks a disservice but was, in all honesty, cruel.
Now, while onboard Air Force One, Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, revealed exactly what most everyone already knew — Trump’s not going to bring back coal jobs.
In fact, according to Think Progress:
“Cohn told reporters that coal doesn’t “make that much sense anymore,” but that pushing renewables could make America “a manufacturing powerhouse.” The words seem off-message from a White House that has promised repeatedly to bring back coal jobs and just proposed massive cuts to federal investment in clean energy.
Cohn told the press that Trump would achieve fast economic growth while preserving the environment at the same time. “We’re not going to pollute the air to do that. We’re not going to be rampant polluters,” he said.”
“He then explained that achievement was made possible as a result of the country’s changing energy mix. “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” Cohn said, whereas natural gas, of which we’ve become an “abundant producer,” is “such a cleaner fuel.””
Cohn also went on to say:
“If you think about how solar and how much wind power we’ve created in the United States, we can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly.”
Of course, Trump’s budget proposal is a big f**k you to renewable energy, but the truth of the matter is, if Trump’s top economic adviser is gonna show more profit in renewables, well, it’s only a matter of time before Trump stops catering to ill-informed voters and starts going where the market is dictating profits.
Instead of promising old jobs or relying on an archaic form of energy, we need to start looking at ways to innovate and train folks in a new standard of energy creation. As the old saying goes, “adapt or die” — we don’t rely on horse and buggy manufacturers or typewriters anymore either. We need to start thinking smarter and not try to relive the past with promises that simply cannot be fulfilled. Trump owes these people the truth — and an apology.
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