Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is lying to America. On multiple Sunday morning news shows a few weeks ago, the EPA chief was telling anyone who would listen that the coal industry in the US has grown by more than 50,000 jobs during the first quarter of 2017.
Unfortunately, that is total bullshit. The US Mine Health and Safety Administration reported that the average number of coal industry jobs increased by fewer than 600 during the first three months of 2017.
Hmm. More than 50,000 versus fewer than 600. The figures quoted by Pruitt must have come directly from the Trump administration’s Ministry of Truth.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently only 51,000 jobs in the entire coal mining industry. And of those 51,000 jobs, only around 15,000 are actually working in the mines.
But wait. If there are currently only 51,000 total mine industry workers and, as Pruitt claims, there were more than 50,000 new mine industry jobs in the first quarter of this year alone, that would mean — wait, let me do the math — that would mean there could have been only 1,000 coal mining industry jobs in existence at the end of last year. Simple arithmetic, right?
Meanwhile, slate.com noted that there are 69,000 bowling industry workers in the US. That’s 18,000 more than coal industry workers. There are 20,000 professional dancers in this country, while there are only 15,000 actual coal miners. There are more drywall installers, more event planners, more zoologist, and more skin care specialists than there are miners.
So why is Pruitt lying to the American public? Why is Trump putting so much emphasis on saving a relatively small and dying industry?
The question is who benefits? Follow the money people. Follow the money.