May 24, 2016

Clinton Looks to Shut Down Coal

  • Hillary Clinton blames market conditions for high unemployment among coal miners.
  • Clinton herself helped create these market conditions by supporting the Obama administration’s war on coal over the past seven years.
  • Coal communities know that Clinton does not have clean hands when it comes to more than 40,000 coal mining jobs lost since 2008.

In March, Hillary Clinton declared, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” An unemployed coal miner confronted her about the comment earlier this month. Clinton tried to explain away her comment as “a misstatement, because what I was saying is that the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs.” She tried to blame current market conditions for the coal miner’s plight; but she helped create these market conditions. Mrs. Clinton hardly has clean hands when it comes to more than 40,000 coal mining jobs lost since 2008.

Clinton blames coal’s plight on conditions she helped create

Coal timeline democrats try escape responsibility

Over the past seven years, Secretary Clinton has supported Democrat policies focused on destroying the coal industry. Today, she attempts to shrug off her responsibility by blaming the coal industry’s demise on “the way things are going now.” It’s a sleight of hand often used by the Obama administration. First, they create tough market conditions for coal by badmouthing it, writing rules to deter its use, and pursuing policies to speed up the damage. Second, they blame the coal industry’s decay on these new market conditions to divert attention away from their own culpability, shield themselves from criticism by claiming to sympathize, and then say the conditions call for more rules. Third, repeat. Clinton and other Democrats impose their ideological agenda while trying to escape responsibility for it, and Americans get hurt in the process.  


In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them.” He took the oath of office as president one year later. Ever since, his administration, with Clinton’s support, has taken a series of actions to constrain the coal industry.

Obama’s war on coal continues

Coal chart rule and costs Obama Administration

In an election where she needs votes from coal communities, Secretary Clinton has pledged to provide taxpayer funds for things like job retraining. Coal families are not naïve. They know that vague promises cannot outweigh Hillary Clinton’s steadfast support of policies that have destroyed their livelihood. “It didn’t used to be this way,” Clinton feigned empathy with coal workers in a May 8 op-ed in the Charleston, West Virginia, Gazette-Mail. It also didn’t have to be.

Issue Tag: Energy