2016’s presidential race is, undebatably, a hot button issue. Whether you are planning on voting for Cruz, Rubio, Clinton, Sanders, or Trump; you’ve heard lots of promises. Some of you may be visiting our blog from another country and may not be following our presidential race as closely, so let us fill you in: lots of promises are being thrown around about a lot of different things.
According to an article we read on mining.com, Donald Trump, multi million dollar real estate mogul and presidential hopeful, is making large promises to protect the coal mining industry in Ohio.
“They are a complete disaster, we are going to change things around,” Trump said ahead of the state’s March 15 primary. “We have to protect your coal industry which is being decimated” by EPA regulations, he added. “And we have to protect your steel industry.”
The EPA reference is in regards to current President Obama’s Clean Power Plan which requires states to lower their carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels. The new regulations will require some power plants to compleletly shut down in order to meet the limits. In the US, 24 coal companies have declared bankruptcy since 2012 as coal prices and demand continue to drop.
Ohio is one of 24 states that are challenging the Clean Power Plant in federal court.
Whoever wins the election in November will have big promises to keep, but we think Donald Trump may have some of the bigger ones. It will be very interesting to see how things in the coal industry change under our next President.
*All information for this story was taken from mining.com.