President Donald Trump celebrated the opening of a new coal mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, today as an indication that his removing of oppressive regulations is having a positive effect on the industry and job creation.
One of Donald Trump’s rallying cries during his campaign events was ending Obama’s war on coal, prompting signs reading “Trump Digs Coal” to be displayed at his rallies in coal mining areas. Trump even mentioned the impending opening of this coal mine during his announcement last week that America was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, which was sure to further enrage climate change fanatics.
Corsa Coal Corporation, which supplies coal used in steel production, will create up to 100 full-time jobs with the opening of this new coal plant. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf touted the opening of this new coal mine as part of a project to revitalize industry in the state.
Under a tent perched hundreds of feet above a freshly dug coal pit, about 200 miners, business leaders, and politicians celebrated amid the surge of enthusiasm for the industry. Mining headgear lay atop red, white, and blue table cloths labeled “Make Coal Great Again.”
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said the mine was part of an effort to bring back jobs and industry to the state. Pennsylvania awarded a $3 million grant for the project.
“We have not always capitalized on our standing as one of the world’s leaders in these resources, but we’re changing that,” Wolf said.
Executives at Corsa Coal proclaimed the “war on coal is over”, and that the coal industry is benefiting by Trump pursuing economic growth policies, lowering taxes and preventing oppressive regulations.
Corsa’s chief executive, George Dethlefsen, said Trump has made the entire mining industry more optimistic.
“The war on coal is over,” he said. “Easing the regulatory burden, lowering taxes, stimulating infrastructure spending, balancing out the interest of economic growth versus environmental policy — it’s very good for coal.”
Still, leave it to the far left professors at our nation’s universities to downplay the creation of high paying blue collar jobs, convinced that robots will be taking over of all manual labor positions in the near future.
“If Trump brings back the coal, it’s not going to bring back the jobs,” said Jay Apt, an energy policy professor at Carnegie Mellon University. “Those jobs are gone, automation has seen to that.”
Still, for the workers here, the grand opening is allowing them a sigh of relief. Though most are longtime Corsa employees brought in from other facilities, many were jittery after a mine closing in 2014 left hundreds collecting unemployment benefits.
“I won’t lie, we doubted if we were going to have jobs, if the company was going to make it,” said Matt Owens, a mine safety coordinator who got into coal after his factory employer shut down a decade ago. “But they did.”
Despite the anti-Trump, anti-blue collar jobs pundits proclaiming that “the jobs aren’t coming back”, President Trump has thus far been proving them wrong. In fact, before Trump even took office, he negotiated deals with several large companies, including Ford Motor Company who ended up canceling plans for a $1.6 billion expansion in Mexico.
Today is yet another victory for American workers and the economy, one that I’m sure the mainstream media will be quick to ignore, but I suspect those who now have jobs thanks to President Trump’s policies are far more concerned with growth than they are with “anonymous sources” that the media uses to publish their hit pieces.