Trump Administration Gives North Dakota’s Coal Country Optimism

By NTK Staff | 09.04.2017 @9:04am
Trump Administration Gives North Dakota’s Coal Country Optimism

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to "end the war on beautiful, clean coal." It appears that promise has been kept.

President Trump’s new environmental policies have caused many in North Dakota’s coal country to express optimism for the first time in a long time according to a weekend report from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

“Officials associated with North Dakota’s coal industry are expressing some optimism under President Donald Trump,” The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s Jon Hagerman wrote about Trump’s rollback of regulations.

Trump was an ardent support of America’s coal industry during his 2016 presidential campaign, promising to roll back Obama-era regulations which had caused to industry to lose 21% of its employees nationwide from 2010 to 2015.

This is a campaign promise now President Trump is fulfilling, Hagerman explained:

“Since taking office, [Trump] has touted efforts to roll back regulations like the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy that would require North Dakota power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions nearly in half, and declared that his administration has ‘ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.'”

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“Steve Van Dyke, spokesman for the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council, said while the coal industry is more optimistic with a new administration in Washington, challenges still remain. He said having Trump in the White House probably gives the industry “four more years to find a CO2 solution.”

It seems that Trump has indeed committed to “end[ing] the war on beautiful, clean coal,” as he said he would.

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