President Trump kept another campaign promise when he signed House Resolution 38 to kill an onerous regulation on coal mining.
The Obama-era regulation, the Stream Protection Rule from the Interior Department would have reduced coal mining and increased jobs.
On Thursday, Trump signed the measure surrounded by coal-country lawmakers and coal miners.
The regulation was finalized in December as a parting shot against the coal industry.
The Hill reports:
Regulators finalized the stream protection rule in December, but they spent most of Obama’s tenure writing it.
The rule is among the most controversial environment regulations the former administration put together. The coal mining industry said it would be costly to implement and lead to job losses across the sector, which is already suffering from a market-driven downturn in demand for its product.
At the signing, Trump called the regulation “another terrible job killing rule” and said ending it would save “many thousands American jobs, especially in the mines, which, I have been promising you — the mines are a big deal.”
“This is a major threat to your jobs and we’re going to get rid of this threat,” he added. “We’re going to fight for you.”
The White House press release on Trump’s action to protect coal mining jobs provides background on this topic.
By killing the anti-coal mining regulation Trump is keeping his promise to coal miners during the campaign.