Trump, Coal and Tesla

After pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, Trump and Pruitt have been announcing that this would create lots of American jobs.

On Meet the Press on Sunday, Pruitt said that since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently, we have added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector.

This statement is completely wrong. There are only about 51,000 jobs in the entire coal industry in the U.S. Last month, 400 coal jobs were added. The entire U.S. mining sector added 7,000 jobs last month or 50,000 since the 4th quarter of 2016. Perhaps that was the figure Pruitt was quoting, but he carefully misquoted it so the numbers were vastly inflated.

Trump and Pruitt seem to be building up fossil fuel industries as massive job creators, which is just flat wrong. In comparison, just look at Tesla, just one company, which has over 1,800 job openings in the U.S. right now. Tesla is not known for its exciting benefits and great wages, but their high-pressure jobs in factories must be at least as good as coal mining jobs. If you had to pick a job, working in a coal mine or working for Tesla, which would you pick?

Coal is dead. It’s a dead industry, and no amount of deregulation is going to bring it back. Trump and the EPA can do whatever they want, we’re going to be buying less and less coal, and coal jobs will continue to disappear. The people are deciding, not Trump.

It’s all bluster.

3 thoughts on “Trump, Coal and Tesla

  1. Mary Barnes

    Are you kidding? I would work for Tesla for free! And I’d pay to work at SpaceX. (Hmm. Probably not a good thing to say to my boss.)

    1. Tesla and SpaceX are known as sweatshops that pay little and demand work around the clock. The glory could wear off quickly if you find yourself sick and burned out. Just saying…. You think we have it stressful?

  2. Is there anything these guys say that is the truth? And to listen to Putin, you know who they are copying. It is all such a sickness, don’t know how they live with themselves.

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