During First Year, Trump Makes Good on Some Campaign Promises

While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump made promises to revive the coal industry and put miners back to work. In the election, he swept the coalfields, carrying 69% of the vote in West Virginia, 70% in Wyoming and 63% in Kentucky. Miners were hopeful. Now, a little more than a year after President Trump took office, coal production is up slightly, by 8% in 2017, and Trump has fulfilled some of his campaign promises. However, there has not been a complete turnaround. At the end of the 2017, 27 coal-fired power plants were either scheduled to close or for conversion. The number of coal mining jobs is up a little, from 50,400 at the end of 2016 to 51,700 at the end of 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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