Trump just declared war on the environment. He’s trying to hide behind jobs, but his argument just doesn’t hold up.
The Stream Protection Rule, created by President Obama, protected 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests by keeping coal mining debris away from nearby waters.
Trump tried to pretend that this was about jobs, surrounding himself with coal miners for the signing of the law.
In reality, the evidence suggests killing the Stream Protection Rule will save about 124 jobs, not 70,000.
“Estimates vary on the exact number of coal miners working in the United States, but the number is below 70,000 – so the idea that 70,000 miners would have been put out of work by protecting streams is very hard to take seriously.”
Um, I’ll say.
As 2017 got underway, Republicans made the elimination of the Stream Protection Rule one of their first big priorities.
Certainly, Appalachian mine owners will save money by no longer having to worry about some compliance with some environmental safeguards, but “to see this as some kind boon to the region, miners, or the struggling industry is a mistake.”
Also, wow – as if he didn’t look clueless enough, an aide had to remind Trump to actually sign the bill into law.
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