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Report: Trump policies may do little to help boost Utah coal mining jobs

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:20 p.m.

    what did Obama do for Utah coal miners other than create unemployed miners??

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    April 20, 2017 9:01 a.m.

    The reality show hosts policies will do little to boost jobs.

    The March jobs report, somehow lost in the deflection game the reality show host uses on a daily basis, showed an increase of only 98 thousand jobs.

    This is less than half the expected gain.

    Another failure, by the reality show host, to add to the growing list of failed promises.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    April 20, 2017 8:47 a.m.

    Living in Emery County I can tell you that people want work. They aren't stupid or backward as many up north seem to think. They are the salt of the earth and extremely hardworking.

    It is desperate here. So while I don't like coal and rue the yellow layer in the atmosphere from emissions, I understand the desire for work.
    Having lived in Logan and on the Wasatch Front many years, there is a lack of understanding all the way around for rural areas. Sure they are fun for people to visit, but then people go home. What rural Utah needs is help bringing other industry here. We've got the sunshine...why not build solar and wind farms here?

    And quit swallowing stereotypes.

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    April 20, 2017 8:31 a.m.

    I am curious as to how many of those who decry the loss of coal mining jobs heat their homes or businesses with coal?

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    April 20, 2017 7:05 a.m.

    "Trump policies may do little to help boost Utah coal mining jobs"

    Not to worry Republicans, Trump's other policies to boost Utah's buggy whip and unicorn ranching industries will make up the difference.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 20, 2017 6:48 a.m.

    Over the past two weeks, two ironic news clips about coal.

    One, Kentucky's famous Coal Museum announced that it was 'going solar' due to cost-saving measures to keep the museum going.

    And two, major manufacturing companies in Kentucky are pushing the state's utilities to go for renewable energy, including Toyota, GM, Ford, Walmart, and L'Oreal, so that they can keep energy costs down (and predictable, since renewable energy prices are stable and unchanging, unlike fossil fuel costs).

    In Utah, Emory County is opening a new coal mine... Remember, Utah lost Facebook's computer data center here because Utah couldn't deliver on its demands for renewable energy (it ended up in New Mexico). And Oakland refuses to build a coal exporting port for Utah coal... is Emory County's blind faith in coal a bullish decision ... or just plain foolish?

    Utah has to decide if its tourism and Silicon Slopes are compatible with coal. Probably not.

  • PamFlinders Sandy, UT
    April 19, 2017 11:26 p.m.

    As someone who believes in the free market, it's hard to look at this and see nothing but a hard pander to coal miners.

    What will happen when those coal jobs don't magically come back?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 19, 2017 8:55 p.m.

    Trump will say anything to the person in front of him if he can get something out of them. In the case of coal miners it was their vote. Coal's demise is due to cheaper, cleaner alternatives. To continue to prop the industry up is just another example of crony capitalism.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2017 6:03 p.m.

    A few strategic cruise missile strikes at various Joy equipment manufacturing plants around the world would eventually create coal mining jobs as the supply of longwall and continuous miner parts dried up, forcing mines back to picks and shovels, but that approach has several obvious defects. Short of that, coal mining's march to automation will continue to increase productivity while decreasing employment. Are robot miners far away? No need for ventilation to manage methane and black damp levels or payments for black lung benefits and 24-hour shifts. That's a cost savings for the industry.

    Alternatively, some underground nuclear tests in the Bakken and Marcellus shale formations to vaporize that cheap fracking gas would relieve the fuel competition for coal. But that, too, has its downsides.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    April 19, 2017 3:33 p.m.

    Because of technology and advances in extracting coal, it takes less manpower to mine coal than it did years ago. While Utah coal may remain viable for some time, the job numbers in coal mining employment will most likely never reach the levels they were at 15 or 20 years ago.

    People have seen the writing on the wall about coal for years, they have just chosen to ignore it. They need to get moving on this now and quit waiting.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 19, 2017 1:24 p.m.

    I don't believe Donald Trump would ever lie about something like this!

    If Donald Trump says tomorrow is Easter, you can start coloring your Easter eggs tonight with full confidence!

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2017 12:02 p.m.

    The best prospect for increased coal production would be the restoration of primary steel manufacturing somewhere in the west, which would use some of Utah's high quality coking coal, e.g. Sunnyside.