J. Mijin Cha

J. Mijin Cha is an assistant professor at Occidental College, Urban and Environmental Policy Department. You can follow her on Twitter @jmijincha.

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The Fight Against Coal Can Save Miners’ Lives

Trump’s promise to restore the industry can’t be fulfilled, while alternative energy can provide miners with more—and safer—jobs.

(Photo: AP/David Goldman)
(Photo: AP/David Goldman) Coal miner Scott Tiller prepares to head into an underground mine in Welch, West Virginia, on May 12, 2016. W ith his executive order repealing the clean energy policies of the Obama administration, President Donald Trump seems determined to undo all the climate progress of the past eight years. But Trump’s order, a misguided attempt to increase coal production, won’t bring back the mining jobs he vowed to resurrect. Even if every environmental regulation were repealed, those jobs aren’t coming back. Nor is that an unmitigated tragedy for miners. Despite Trump’s rhetoric, expanding coal mining is as bad for workers and communities as it is for the environment. Coal is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, and nearly a quarter of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 were just from coal combustion. From a climate perspective, there is no doubt that coal mining should be phased out . Yet it is also true that coal mining should be phased out to protect...