John Oliver Opens an Honest Conversation About Coal and Miners in

Posted June 21, 2017

As clean energy options have gotten more efficient and cost effective, coal has become less attractive. "So that 50,000 new jobs claim was off by 48,700", Oliver said.

But beyond the possible malfeasance of wealthy coal company executives, Oliver points out that advances in technology and energy priorities in general have led to a loss of coal jobs across the country, and that Trump's attempts to save the coal industry are not only environmentally damaging, but also economically counterproductive and not even all that helpful to the out-of-work coal miners whose jobs Trump purports to save.

Oliver used the main segment of Last Week Tonight yesterday to expose numerous uncomfortable truths behind the fall of the coal industry-like that deregulation is less to blame than market forces like natural gas. And because of that, Oliver believes Trump needs to be more truthful to the mining community.

The problem with coal is that jobs are disappearing due to advanced technology like alternative energies, automation and drop in natural gas prices.

President Donald Trump promised during the campaign to bring back coal mining jobs, which U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show have been declining steadily for decades.

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"If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines".

"This president clearly doesn't care about [the environment]", Oliver said.

Oliver then went on to call out Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruit, who bragged on NBC's "Meet The Press" that the administration was responsible for adding "almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector" since "the fourth quarter of past year".

The comedian just wants to see Trump start telling to the truth to miners because it's likely the jbos they once had will not be returning. "An honest conversation about coal and its miners needs to be had, and we should neither cease nor desist from having it".

Of course, Oliver preceded all of this damning information with the disclosure that Murray threatened to sue the show should, saying, "I'm going to need to be careful here". (Murray has denied this.) For this last point, Oliver brought out a squirrel of his own, who further mocked Murray.