Oliver noted that coal mining jobs declined under former President Obama, but pointed out that such work had been declining for decades like “careers in the Zeppelin industry and babies named Adolf”.
“He barely gets what mining is”, Oliver said in a lengthy “Last Week Tonight” segment (above). John Oliver is telling truth to the powerless – coal miners, specifically.
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the actual number of coal jobs created since previous year has been just 1,300″. Once Trump became president, he issued an executive order and Congress passed legislation he insisted would revitalize the coal industry. Murray, who denies carbon dioxide is a pollutant, presented Trump with a plan for bringing back coal and overturning some Obama regulations, the Guardian reported. Not just the totally false brag that his presidency created 50,000 new mining jobs (it’s actually 1,300), but the fact that’s he’s constantly saying he has their best interests at heart? “He pulled out of the Paris Agreement, citing coal as one of the reasons; he’s lifted a freeze on new coal leases on public lands; and revoked a rule to limit coal-mining companies from dropping debris into local streams, with miners behind him both times”.
However, Trump may not actually really care about people in the coal industries as Oliver brought up from a 1990 interview the president did with Playboy.
“If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines”, Trump said.
Naturally, that threatened C&D has the effect on Oliver that waving a red rag in front of a bull would, but even Oliver stops short of buying into the possibly apocryphal story that Murray has said he got into the coal business after being advised on the matter by a talking squirrel. But most people don’t have the imagination-or whatever-to leave their mine. “We all do. Stop telling them their jobs are all coming back when they’re not, stop telling them that coal is clean when it isn’t and stop pretending that this isn’t an industry in the middle of a hard and painful, albeit necessary transition”. Murray’s lawyers sent Oliver a cease and desist letter prior to the show airing.
Still, it’s Last Week Tonight so Oliver ends by taunting Murray Energy’s founding myth which features a conversation with a squirrel.