From Fox News:
June 10, 2017 | 1:09 PM EDT
President Trump lauded the opening of the nation’s first new coal mine in recent memory. Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. – outside of Pittsburgh. Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said the mine will be a boon to the struggling local economy. He praised Trump’s easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration.
Dethlefsen told Leland Vittert that for the 70 positions available in the mine, 400 people applied.
“It’s a hard day’s work every day, but it’s worth it,” one miner said.
Vittert said the news contrasts with Hillary Clinton’s message that she would “put a lot of coal miners out of work.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who endorsed Clinton, joined the mine company in watching a video message from Trump commemorating the occasion.
There’s more at the original. The video is below the fold, to keep the autoplay feature off of the main page.
That Governor Wolf would be present to watch a video by President Trump shows just how hypocritical he is. From the Governor’s own website:
June 01, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reiterated his call for President Trump to remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was signed by every country in the world besides Syria and Nicaragua.
“I urge President Trump not to abdicate the United States’ global leadership and seat at the table on climate change – a pressing issue for Pennsylvania’s economy, especially energy, agriculture and tourism, and our resident’s health,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania is an energy leader and addressing emissions presents opportunities for Pennsylvania’s natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries to grow and create new jobs.
“Many of America’s largest corporations – from energy to technology – agree with environmental advocates, faith leaders and scientists that staying in the Paris agreement is the right choice for America. We cannot ignore the scientific evidence and economic significance of climate change and put our economy and population at risk.”
There’s more at the link.
It’s normal for governors to make appearances when new industries open in their states, but in this instance, Governor Wolf is appearing at the opening of a new coal mine, an industrial development in direct conflict with his statements about climate change. Yeah, seventy Pennsylvanians will now have new, well-paying jobs, but they will be jobs which will lead to more carbon emissions. I suppose those seventy new miners care more about supporting their families today than they do about a possible increase in global temperatures a hundred years from now.
As we have previously noted, an old coal mine is being reopened in Knott County, Kentucky, creating seventy new jobs, and the passage of a right-to-work law in the Bluegrass State has resulted in the planned construction of an aluminum mill near Ashland, creating 550 new jobs.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader, said that the President’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement is a “sucker punch” to American workers, “who should be building the next generation of wind turbines and solar panels,” but, as we noted in The First Street Journal, wind power projects are being rejected by the public in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Everyone likes the idea of wind power, but nobody wants to see those tall wind turbines, not even the wealthy liberals in the Kennedy family in Massachusetts.
Would the new coal mine have been opened had Hillary Clinton won the election? Mrs Clinton had said that “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right?” She fudged that by saying she had a “policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country.” Of course, while her policies might, might! have brought some jobs along those lines into those areas, there was never any guarantee that the people who lost those coal mining jobs would be the ones who would get the new jobs that might have been created.
If you have a good job, a probably union-wage job, why would you trade that for a politician’s promise that new jobs of unspecified nature or wages in your area might be created? Perhaps Mrs Clinton thought that would be a reasonable argument, and I suppose that her heavily-urbanized supporters saw that as reasonable as well, but for the people whose lives would be directly affected by her policies, well they chose to give the majority of their votes to Mr Trump.