From the time President Donald Trump first appeared in West Virginia during his campaign saying he was going to put miners back to work, the anti-coal movement has been heckling him. The mainstream press published articles questioning and refuting his ability to do this. Anti-coal groups accused him of building false hope for this disadvantaged group that had been left behind as the rest of the world moved toward cleaner energy. They were shocked when they saw miners in the White House with Trump. They jeered as regulations were rolled back, first the Stream Protection Rule (SPR) followed by a lifting of the coal-lease moratorium. The courts issued a stay against the Clean Power Plan. Then, the Trump administration said it would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He kept his campaign promises.

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