NPR

FACT CHECK: Is President Trump Correct That Coal Mines Are Opening?

Locals in Jennerstown, Pa., are celebrating the grand opening of a coal mine and the estimated 70 jobs it brings. But the broad trends pushing the industry down are likely to continue, experts say.

As he announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump said he was putting American jobs ahead of the needs and desires of other countries.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said Thursday.

Trump said the agreement was "very unfair" for the U.S., especially the U.S. coal industry. And he alluded to some recent good news for the battered industry: the development of new mines.

The Claim: "The mines are starting to open up, having a big opening in two weeks. Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand, new mine. It's unheard of. For many, many years

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readPolitics
Trump Administration To End 'Catch And Release' Immigration Policy, Says DHS Chief
The move is the latest by the Trump administration to curb the flow of migrants seeking asylum at the southern border.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Impeachment Has Never Been Very Popular, But That Hasn't Stopped Congress Before
The truth is, impeachment has almost never been popular. It tends to pump up the partisans in either party but has far less allure for independents or those less politically inclined.
NPR3 min read
Thomas Cook Airline Collapse Triggers Largest Peacetime Repatriation In U.K. History
The Thomas Cook travel agency and airline abruptly collapsed Monday morning, with more than 150,000 travelers currently abroad.