In January of 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama made it clear what he planned to do to the coal industry were he to become president.
“If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” Obama said in an interview, according to Politico. “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
He kept that promise. In September of 2016, as Obama was about to give his exit interview as president, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported that the United States had 83,000 fewer coal jobs and 400 coal mines than existed when Obama was elected in 2008.
“Much of the blame for the job losses is targeted at federal regulations aimed at preventing global warming, which caused