John Oliver Says Trump 'Needs To Stop Lying To Coal Miners'

As clean energy options have gotten more efficient and cost effective, coal has become less attractive. In fact, as the Atlantic also reported, the coal industry only saw about 1,000 jobs added since October 2016, a far cry from the 50,000 Trump's team claimed to have created.

However, Oliver pointed out Trump may actually have no idea what it is that miners do after showing a video of the president pretending to mine coal at a rally.

President Donald Trump's pledge to revive America's struggling coal industry is doomed to join the list of other broken campaign promises - like listing China as a currency manipulator, to releasing his tax returns, and pledging to support medical marijuana.

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 there's no chance of reviving that industry - no matter how much you blame its struggles on former President Barack Obama as Trump and mining CEO's often do by blaming the industry's struggles on the Obama administration's environmental regulations. The bulk of the segment has more to do with the more typical debunking of myths about the decades-long decrease in coal mining jobs, citing the roles in automation, lower natural gas prices, and more. "We all do", Oliver said.

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

"Oliver played a 1990 interview Trump did with Playboy, in which he revealed "how he really feels" about the coal industry", the site said.

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. "Murray's company recently unsuccessfully sued to block a rule aimed at reducing miners" exposure to coal dust, which causes black lung, a disease that killed as many as 10,000 people between 1995 and 2005 ... and if you even appear to be on the same side as black lung, you're on the wrong f*cking side! Murray's lawyers sent Oliver a cease and desist letter prior to the show airing. "So as we have been told to cease and desist, let us do neither of those things, and let's talk about Bob Murray".

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