The first coal mine of the Trump era opened to the praise of the president and workers in the coal industry as U.S. mining posts its first profit in two years.
Is this the first sign of a comeback for coal under new leadership? Lets hope so!
From Fox News.
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.
The revival of these types of jobs was a cornerstone of President Trump’s economic message. While this was much needed it’s not enough.
Dethlefsen told Leland Vittert that for the 70 positions available in the mine, 400 people applied.
And here’s a little takeaway for liberal elitists who take full advantage of American energy while looking down on the business that delivers it to them.
“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.”
Meanwhile U.S. mining is seeing it’s first profitable quarter in 2 years:
The miners are feeling the love and the above shows they have good reason to.
In Gillette and nearby Campbell County, people were beginning to feel the comeback they voted for. Unemployment has dropped by more than a third since March 2016, from 8.9 percent to 5.1 percent. Coal companies are rehiring workers, if only on contract or for temporary jobs. More people are splurging for birthday parties at the Prime Rib and buying a second scoop at the Ice Cream Cafe.
Maybe it was President Donald Trump. Much was surely because of the market. But in times when corporate profits are mixed with politics, it was difficult for people here to see the difference.
“I’m back to work,” Gorton said. “It’s real. Did Trump do it all? I don’t think so. But America voted in a man who was for our jobs.”
In a divided nation, optimism had bloomed here, in a part of the country united in purpose and in support of the president…They felt optimistic about the tangible effects of the Trump economy, which favors fossil fuels, and the theoretical ones, which favor how they see themselves. Once on the fringes, their jobs had become the centerpiece of Trump’s American mythology.
Whether or not this is a sign of renewal, for now this can be chalked up as a win for American energy.