TheRepublican Party's presumptivenominee Donald Trump proposed eliminating up to 90% of the regulations on coaland pledged to bring back lost jobs in coal and steel industries inPennsylvania and West Virginia, TribLIVE.com reported May 9.
JohnHanger, former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary,called Trump's proposal "absurd," and tagged the presidentialcandidate as "a really bad joke." He said the only way Trump could bringcoal back to the market is by pushing the price of natural gas to $6 per Mcf,according to the report.
"Evenif you eliminate 100% of the regulations and go back to those good ol' dayswhen we killed thousands of miners each year, polluted streams all across thecommonwealth and started some 30 coal mine fires that are still burning today,it won't bring coal back," the report quoted Hanger as saying.
Duringthe week of May 2, Trump attractednearly 13,000 to a rally in Charleston, W.Va., "one of the states mostdevastated by a decline in the coal industry and manufacturing," thereport said, citing Bruce Haynes, a Washington-based Republican mediaconsultant at Purple Strategies.
"Trumpclearly has a strategy of being the champion of the working men and women ofthis country, and nowhere is that strategy more evident than in coal country,"TribLIVE.com quoted Haynes as saying. "This is his whole approach forNovember wrapped up in one little state."