Trump and Trumpsters have an unhealthy, inexplicable love affair with the coal industry and the GOP sees itself as its savior. During his campaign, Trump maligned President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the EPA by stating they had declared war on the coal industry. Trump promised to repeal “all the job-destroying Obama executive actions”. In his America First Energy Plan he actually said the difference is between wealth and poverty.
What does Trump know about poverty?
It’s obvious he and his cabinet know nothing about science, either. Or reading.
At the Republican National Convention, the GOP listed coal’s wonderful quality and vowed to dismantle Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from coal-fired power plants. GOP Activist David Barton, who has absolutely no background in science, convinced delegates, who approved unanimously to add the adjective ‘clean’ to the platform’s statement:
“The Democratic Party does not understand that coal is an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource.”
What the Republican Party does not understand is that Democrats are not as stupid as the GOP is. Democrats base their energy platform on facts, not personal beliefs. Coal can be made less harmful but it cannot be made clean.
Barton’s wording comes from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). In a July 11, 2016 posting, the ACCCE set about to debunk ‘myths’ about coal fired power plants. Addressing the ‘myth’ that coal-fired plants are dirty, the site references an EPA article from 2016.
This is where the GOP and the ACCCE lied to mislead the public. The first citation claims the EPA states the total tonnage of three major pollutants (SO2, NOx and PM) has been reduced by 83% since 1970.
The article, National Air Pollutant Emission Trends, 1900-1998 does NOT say that. Yes, some air pollutant levels have declined but due to the EPA’s Clean Air Act, which the GOP promises to eliminate! And the reductions are nowhere near what ACCCE claims the EPA said.
Sec. 3.4.1, page 54 states:
“As a result of the EPA’s regulations SO2 and PM10 emissions from coal-fired electric power facilities fell by 8 and 85 percent, respectively.” Note the ACCCE quote does not differentiate between PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter) and PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter).
The numerous data tables also show the coal-fired industry is not as rosy as the GOP would have you think. The ACCCE ignored coal’s contribution to carbon monoxide which has soared since 1970 (Table 3-1). Coal emitted NO2, which ACCCE said had been reduced, has also increased since 1970 (Table 3-2).
I could continue but I'll let you read the reports for yourself. Links are below.
The GOP has been outspoken in criticizing NOAA and NASA, accusing them of falsifying data. But they have no data of their own to support their claims. They lied and they knew it and they don’t care.
Just as long as you voted for them.