Secretary Scott Pruitt Visits Western PA Coal Country…

You might have noticed that China halted coal imports from North Korea, specifically the type of coal used for making steel known as coking coal.   The Chinese decision was made following a meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jingping in Florida.

[…] To make up for the shortfall from North Korea, China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has declared he wants to revive his country’s struggling coal sector. (link)

That’s the backdrop for a visit today by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to Western Pennsylvania coal country.  Subtle, like a brick through a window, but still the media won’t discuss it.

SYCAMORE, Pa. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., today, to meet with coal miners and announce EPA’s Back-to-Basics agenda. The agenda reinforces Administrator Pruitt’s commitment to refocusing EPA on its intended mission, returning power to the states, and creating an environment where jobs can grow.

“What better way to launch EPA’s Back-to-Basics agenda than visiting the hard-working coal miners who help power America. The coal industry was nearly devastated by years of regulatory overreach, but with new direction from President Trump, we are helping to turn things around for these miners and for many other hard working Americans,” said Administrator Pruitt. “Back-to-Basics means returning EPA to its core mission: protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth.”

Administrator Pruitt spoke with coal miners about the President’s recent Energy Independence Executive Order, which directs EPA and other federal agencies to review the Clean Power Plan and revise regulatory barriers that impede energy independence, including unnecessary burdens on coal miners and coal-fired electric utilities. (more)

  • Following the President’s Energy Independence Executive Order, Administrator Pruitt signed four notices to review and, if appropriate, to revise or rescind major, economically significant, burdensome rules the last Administration issued. This includes the so-called Clean Power Plan that threatens over 125,000 U.S. jobs.
  • EPA is restoring states’ important role in the regulation of local waters by reviewing the WOTUS (“waters of the U.S.”) rule.
  • EPA is clearing the backlog of new chemicals that were waiting approval from EPA, so they can go to market, and companies can innovate and create jobs.
  • EPA is helping states achieve high air quality targets, clean up toxic waste sites and improve America’s water infrastructure.
  • EPA rescinded an unjustified, premature evaluation of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles, and is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a collaborative and robust review of the standards.
  • The agency is reviewing the Oil and Gas Methane New Source Performance Standards for new and modified sources, to determine whether it is duplicative.
  • EPA is allocating funds for vital environmental projects that go directly to the health of our citizens, such as providing $100 million to upgrade drinking water infrastructure in Flint, Michigan.
  • EPA is stopping the methane Information Collection Request (ICR) by telling businesses they no longer have this additional bureaucratic burden, with the cost to American businesses attempting to comply exceeding $42 million.
  • Launched the EPA Regulatory Reform Task Force to undergo extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions.
  • (LINK)

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57 Responses to Secretary Scott Pruitt Visits Western PA Coal Country…

  1. bertdilbert says:

    If the MSM will not report it, I am sure Trump will have a 100 day report card in front of Congress or at a rally of the American people.

    Liked by 12 people

  2. Bartsmydog says:

    Please Mr Trump no more Winning! Haha luuuuuuv it! MAGA

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Surprised he didn’t go to Enlow Fork and Baily

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  4. annieoakley says:

    This waters of the US rule, is an attempt to give all water in the US to the UN. That is all.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Janice says:

    Absolutely incredible! The accountability from this administration is terrific! I can hardly keep up with all this Winning!

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  6. philo says:

    Thank you President Trump and Director Pruitt!
    This is not just a win for the miners, it’s a win for every business that operates within 50 or 100 miles of the coal mines. From the home builders and renovators to the restaurants and diners. From the clothing stores to auto dealerships. Etc, etc.
    A large weight has been removed from that yoke that was put on main street. MAGA!

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  7. CharterOakie says:

    Winning, winning, winning. Still in the first inning.

    Like the ’27 Yankees. Batting around the order. Ruth, Gehrig and Lazzeri have all homered. 5 runs on the board, 2 men on base, and still only 1 out.

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  8. magatrump says:

    God Bless President Trump! Thank you from Coal Country!

    Liked by 6 people

  9. MIKE says:

    When it comes to cheap BTUs, coal is king.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Trumppin says:

    Now to roll back our light bulbs…. seriously!

    Liked by 16 people

  11. Suite D says:

    All I want for Easter is a lump of coal from the Trumpinator! MAGA!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. filia.aurea says:

    I made a comment, but it’s been lost. To copy WTTEO the inimitable Mrs. P. – Dig, Baby Dig.

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  13. Pam says:

    It’s so awesome seeing our coal miners being able to go back to work. Thank you President Trump! 😀

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  14. citizen817 says:

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  15. Pam says:

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  16. Sam says:

    The subtle message never works with progressives. PDJT has to be direct, like a brick through a window. Winning!

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  17. free73735 says:

    Found this article on Drudge by Peggy Noonan. Tried to copy the link, but it wouldn’t copy. So I will hand write it here: https//www.wsj.com/articles/whats-become-of-the-american-dream-1491521229. This article concerns coal and thought it would fit here(Coal Miners& families).

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  18. americalsgt says:

    So proud of my fellow bitter clingers from Western PA. They were always Democrats; the miners and the mill hunks. Now they’re in with Trump. So good to see.

    Liked by 7 people

    • spren says:

      I’m an ex-mill hunky as I was X’d by USX back in the 80s. I worked for one of their railroads where we serviced National Works in McKeesport. Most of the people were Democrats by birth, but still largely tended to be independent when it came time to vote. I am so happy to see entire communities now being granted the opportunity to once again feel hopeful about the future. Clinton destroyed herself when she told these coal miners that she was going to eliminate their jobs. Most of these towns were so intertwined with and dependent on the mines that she would have destroyed entire communities.

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      • americalsgt says:

        Further west and a decade earlier, but remember J &L, B & W, The Cork Works, and Sheet and Tube in Youngstown. Everything went to hell when the mills closed. Later I lived in WV with the coal miners. So hopeful that the area can come back.

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  19. Sunshine says:

    It also opens the door to even cleaner coal technology. If you ban coal, even clean coal, it’s impossible to explore more environmentally-friendly technology.
    The EPA was so radical in its approach that it shut down all options, including innovation and research.

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    • spren says:

      Back in the 90s, there were only three sources of natural clean coal (sulfur free) in the world. One was in the Amazon rainforest and obviously off limits. Another one was in Utah under the Grand Escalante. Bill Clinton, without consultation with anyone from Utah named this area a National Monument thereby taking its coal out of play. Surprise, surprise, the only remaining source in the world was in Indonesia under control by ole Bill’s good buddies the Riady brothers, who he had history with all the way back to Madison Savings and Loan from the Whitewater days. Another pay-to-play scheme by the Clintons.

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      • xyzlatin says:

        I may be wrong but I think what the “greenies” mean by clean coal, is coal that when burnt, does not emit any carbon dioxide. This is an impossibility. The whole of the argument about global warming predictions, is that mankind is emitting so much C02 (carbon dioxide) extra to naturally occurring CO2, that with the water vapor in the air increasing it further, will increase the temperature by 4-6 degrees Celcius. So far, this hypothesis is unproved.

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        • G. Combs says:

          “So far, this hypothesis is unproved.”

          This CONJECTURE has been proved incorrect. SEE: Applying Basic Physics to Climate.
          Dr Evans found a major error in the math used in the basic climate computer models.

          A mistake in climate model architecture changes everything. Heat trapped by increasing carbon dioxide just reroutes to space from water vapor instead.

          The scare over carbon dioxide was just due to a simple modelling error. A whole category of feedbacks was omitted, which greatly exaggerated the calculated sensitivity to carbon dioxide.

          ……….

          “…the temperature by 4-6 degrees Celcius.” is then reduced to under 1 degree Celcius. This agrees with empirical estimates from real world data.

          Fitting the data to the alternative model, we conclude that the equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS), the surface warming per doubling of the CO2 concentration, might be almost zero, is likely less than 0.25 °C, and most likely less than 0.5 °C.

          From one of the posts linked to, New Science 18: Finally climate sensitivity calculated at just one tenth of official estimates.

          The most likely estimate is around 0.25°C. Empirical estimates by Lindzen and Choi,[1][2] Spencer and Braswell[3][4] and Idso[5] suggest it is 0.4°C – 0.7°C. We can argue the toss between 0.25 and 0.5, but no one can argue that we need to spend a single dollar to reduce our emissions if doubling CO2 only causes minor and beneficial warming.

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  20. albrevin says:

    Hmmmmm…. sorry to post here. Looks like Judge Nap was on to something, the British were meddling in our election.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/trump-russia-british-intelligence/index.html

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  21. MVW says:

    Trump has taken Obama and his red tape bureaucratic green jackboot off the throat of America and Americans. Workers, men and women, won’t forget.

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Patriot Lady says:

    As someone raised in Northeast Pennsylvania, the heart of both dairy farming and coal mining, and whose furnace burned anthracite (hard coal), heating our homes those frigid winters, this story brings tears of joy to my eyes.
    God bless and protect PDJT and his administration.

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  23. citizen817 says:

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  24. WSJ articles are behind paywalls.

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  25. Here’s what bugs me about the media’s coal stories. Know-it-all writers confidently asserted that the coal industry would never come back “because of the decline in demand,” as if that was a natural development. The reality is that environmental regulations were deliberately written to prevent use of coal.

    Power companies all over the US converted to other fuels and piously prate about how they are switching to “green” energy – wind and solar. They NEVER mention the HUGE subsidies (in the form of tax breaks, or possibly also cold, hard cash) that they receive for installing these highly-UNeconomical sources of electricity. So, yes, “demand” declined, but only because it was too expensive to use coal.

    Oh, one other thing. Power companies are regulated (read: protected) by state energy agencies. Power companies get to increase electricity rates according to the amount of money they spend on new plant and equipment. IOW, they can’t fail b/c they can cover their costs without reference to a free market.

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  26. Melissa Khan says:

    My mom was from Dunlevy PA….

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  27. 4bleu says:

    Reuters: “…to make up for the shortfall from North Korea, China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump…”

    ‘unexpected’

    Reuters pushing superstition – things happen for no reason at all – unpredictable… perplexing… nothing at all to do with a certain recent get-together-chat

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  28. jdvalk says:

    “That’s the backdrop for a visit today by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to Western Pennsylvania coal country. Subtle, like a brick through a window, but still the media won’t discuss it.”

    But, but, what about Russia?

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  29. jeans2nd says:

    Re: POTUS’ recent Energy Independence Executive Order – https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-review-clean-power-plan-under-president-trumps-executive-order

    – delightful unintended consequences of POTUS’ actions.

    By POTUS’ opening up of America’s coal, the climate scare-mongers have frightened physicists and engineers to redouble their efforts on nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is now – finally – the Next New Thing. ‘Bout time.

    Google’s Mike Cassidy has teamed up with investors including Peter Theil, and is one of several firms ramping up research and development on nuclear fusion.

    Former Google Vice President Starts a Company Promising Clean and Safe Nuclear Energy
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-03/former-google-vice-president-starts-a-company-promising-clean-and-safe-nuclear-energy

    The future of energy isn’t fossil fuels or renewables, it’s nuclear fusion
    View story at Medium.com

    Several times during the loooonnnggg Trump Campaign, there were posts about the Trump Golden Touch or some such, cannot remember exactly what you all called it. Looks like you were correct, again.
    (that is an attaboy)

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