John Oliver Tees Off On Trump’s Coal Lies [VIDEO]

Romper recaps:

As part of his campaign strategy, President Trump assured laid-off workers from some of the most environmentally destructive industrial jobs that he was committed to rolling back the EPA regulations that limited their work. Of course, reinvigorating the coal industry instead of investing in renewable energy sources could have devastating effects on the environment, so John Oliver addressed Trump’s interest in coal jobs on Last Week Tonight. Namely, he tackled some of the real reasons behind the coal industry’s decline, which, spoiler alert: don’t have all that much to do with President Obama.

  • Tomcat

    I welcome any fool that wishes to crawl down into the earth and breath coal dust for little money and with the added benefit of getting black lung,,, go ahead fools.
    Or you could just get a safe alternative energy job instead, your choice.

    • Tom Mears

      If you are impoverished, 40+, no HS diploma, a family, and 20+ years working in coal, the world without coal mining is a very scary place. Most of these folks have something like battered-wife syndrome except related to their jobs. Trumps lies are very comfortable in that situation.

      Also someone else is going to have to pay (in time or money) for these poor smucks to get a GED, vocational training, and job relocation costs. These people are too desparately poor to afford these things now.

      Its a lot easier for a con man to make promises about a better life than actually deliver them.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I still don’t feel sorry for them. They could have voted for policies and administrations that make it free to retrain and upgrade their skills instead of lies feeding their self-pity. They spit at minorities who they think are “cutting in line” and screaming about dignity of working even while many of the people they spit on are in the same spot they are or are working jobs they refuse to touch.

        A lot of minority communities have the same damn problem they do with the twist that they’ve never had the kind of job they did and there’s not a huge media uproar about how we need to save them and not hurt their bloody feelings. They’re just told to hustle harder, worker harder and improve themselves. And a lot of Trumpeteers often voted hard against helping those communities for generations.

    • you could win high office if you led the effort to make that happen in coal country. “fuck coal! come over here, unemployed people of the tristate region. we’ll give you these nifty jobs and you will have benefits.”

      right now, the Chinese can barely keep up with their own demand for certain clean energy products. there is a huge untapped market in the us, and that region of the country proves photogenic in national campaigns.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Wouldnt it be nice if the politicians of kentucky and west virginia invested in the manufacture of wind turbines and solar panels???
      Gosh their populace just maybe might get employed building those things…..

      • Galvestonian

        What you have to realize is that most of these people believe that education is a luxury – to general the funds necessary to keep a family going everybody has to earn their keep. Coal mining jobs used to pay really well for an uneducated man … enough to keep a family and a few luxuries.

    • Galvestonian

      LITTLE MONEY ???? WTF ? These guys are paid enormous amounts for a job that doesn’t even require a high school diploma. Why in the hell do you think they do it. It’s not a hobby and it’s far from the only job around. Back in the 70’s they were getting $30,000 to 40,000 a year and a lot of them had fathers that had died of black lung disease in their 30’s – kids as young as 16 making 30 or 40 thousand a year ??? Of course they’d get married and live in a trailer or double wide in a hollow alongside the stream at the bottom of it. Then at 37 they’d die of black lung and their sons would jump at the chance to work in the mines and the cycle just repeated itself. SAD !

  • Leo

    O/T. Escalation to war with Russia in Syria? Not quite? Oh, ok.

    • Bluto

      The US & Russia have been fighting a cold war in the middle east since the end of WWII. Both sides treat sovereign nations as pawns, leaders have been overthrown, resources plundered, hundreds of thousands if not millions of innocents have been murdered in proxy war. And we wonder why they hate us so deeply & want to strike back.

  • Gustav2

    What I find extraordinary is how much rural and suburban white America cares about this when they live nowhere near coal country and have no idea what is going on.

    • Tawreos

      They hear the promises and figures that if he can do that for them then he can do things for us here. They never seem to catch on that their hopes are all built on lies.

      • Gustav2

        And it is really stupid in the Eastern part of Ohio. Most of Ohio’s electricity comes from natural gas now. Yes, even in the areas with the coal mines.

    • CanuckDon

      For some bizarre reason, they must associate coal mining with their cliched old values like sitting on front porches, saying grace before dinner and county fairs. There’s a spellbound culture of people in America who just won’t let go of the fantastical 1950s narrative while a horde of conniving Republican millionaires and billionaires cozy up to it and use it to their advantage.

      • Gustav2

        And the conniving Republicans keep telling them Liberals want to outlaw sitting on front porches, saying grace before dinner and county fairs…

        when we just don’t give a shit about those things.

        • CanuckDon

          Yep…they’re very good at demonizing too. All of us here certainly know their talents in that realm.

          • Gustav2

            BTW the hubby and I sit on our front porch all all the time. Does that mean we lose our Liberal Card or our Gay Card?

          • CanuckDon

            You’re gonna make Tony Perkins and Brian Brown have a shit fit. “They destroyed marriage and now they’re destroying front porch sitting!”

            Just repaired and repainted mine and maybe, just maybe someday, I’ll have someone to sit on it with me (the front porch, that is).

          • TuuxKabin

            . . . ‘just sit on the porch and schwing . . . ‘ @ 1:09


          • Treant

            You apostate whore.

          • Gustav2

            That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me today!

          • Bluto

            Well, it ups the chances that a squirrel will come by & offer you both jobs as coal miners.

        • lymis

          All the while, putting policies in place that make home ownership and the funding for events like county fairs increasingly harder and harder.

          • Gustav2

            Well…stop cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations!


        • Jessicagkilpatrick

          my best friend’s step-mother makes $85 hourly on the computer . She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her pay check was $17089 just working on the computer for a few hours. see it here ++++++++++

      • Reality.Bites

        I blame Garry Marshall for creating Happy Days

        • Gustav2

          Str8 White Happy Days were everyone lived in a suburb/small town.

        • CanuckDon

          lol…I think there’s actually truth there. Course many of us here reminisce about the fun ’70s/’80s and disco days so I suppose we’re not exempt from bittersweet memories (although ours involves heathen-esque ventures and devil-may-care partying which, in most cases, wasn’t just a figment of our imaginations!)

      • Diogenes Onionpants

        And yet, the idea that it was the period’s strong unions that secured that life for workers is not something that occurs to them.

      • Danieruw

        Notice how the British don’t seem to be advocating a return to coal mining.

    • Ninja0980

      Because for them, it’s a link to the 1950’s where you could get a good job without college and everything else was good aka white men were in charge and POC knew their place and LGBT folks were in the closet.

      • Galvestonian

        … not only in the closet in the fifties – they were lobotomized and placed in state mental institutions … in some instances in the South they just disappeared and were fill for earthen damns and the like…no matter if they were white and came from ‘good’ families.

    • Trump: The Orange Buffoon®

      Because many of them are inbred dumbphuks.

    • Acronym Jim

      All they care about is their electric bill – regardless of whether their local energy is provided by coal-fired energy plants or not. They could not care less about your average West Virginia mine worker.

      • Gustav2

        You would have been amazed to hear the coal miner rhetoric in rural Ohio right before the election.

        • Acronym Jim

          Probably not; even in Oregon, we heard some pretty dumbfounding arguments when the shut down of one coal-fired power plant on the Columbia was being discussed.

          Thanks to hydroelectric and public management of that energy by the BPA, the pacific northwest has some of the lowest electric rates in the country! The Boardman plant provided just a miniscule fraction of the energy provided by hydroelectric and wind.

  • Bluto
    • Gustav2

      First, Mountain Top Removal was approved and now this.

      • Bluto

        Mountain top removal is an environmental atrocity & a crime against humanity.

        • Galvestonian

          … that’s West Virginia – and now the logging companies are buying huge tracts of forest and clear cutting all but a couple of hundred foot fringe around the edge of the property/land to keep the people that pass by in the dark about their raping the landscape.

          • RoFaWh

            That’s what the forestry companies used to do here on Vancouver Island to hide the (legal) sin of clear cutting.

          • Galvestonian

            I’m a retired museum curator and I used to see in our archives photos of some of the Eastern States in the late 19th century and the early 20th where entire States like New York, Pennsylvania & some southern States were entirely denuded of any forest growth so that the landscape for miles and miles looked like a buzz haircut. Now the Eastern States have forests again with 80 and 100 year growth and the lumber companies are lusting like hungry little piggies to get their hands ( and saws ) on the wood in those States.

            Big, big money and they’re all set to strip it bare.

        • Jerry

          If you see one of those sites from the air, it looks like moonscape for miles in every direction…just utter devastation with nothing green left and the streams filled in.

    • -M-

      Yep. They won’t bring jobs back to those communities, but they will pollute their water. ‘winning’

    • Kevin Perez

      Yum, sticks to you ribs!!

  • Rex

    I’ve seen the future and it’s 1953.

  • i have said it before: this is The Golden Age for comedians. any one worth her/his salt is milking politics for a trove of winning lines. they practically, no, fuckit, they literally write themselves right now. Johnny is one of the bright ones and knows free butter when he sees it.

    • Beagle

      May I add: a potential Golden Age for journalists, as well. There’s so much to find for anyone willing to dig a little.
      And for those that ride the line between comedy and journalism — heaven, nirvana, or whatever you want to call it.

  • olandp

    I’ve never understood why they would want those jobs back. Don the Con has pledged to repeal regulations, like mine safety, so those jobs are less safe and more deadly.

    • marshlc

      I don’t think it’s so much that they want those jobs, as that they want reasonably good paying jobs that allow them to live in their home. Looked at that way, it’s not an unreasonable thing to want.

    • Todd20036

      Because up until the mines shut down, coal jobs were a great way to get a middle income salary without education. You could be a high school graduate, go into the mines, and pull a $40-50,000 annual salary. Given where the mines are located, the cost of living was so low that you could raise a family and live the lifestyle that you’d otherwise need a bachelor’s or master’s degree to attain.

      Sure you’d most likely come down with black lung disease, and sure there could be cave ins or mine fires, but that was just the cost of working in the mine

  • Joe in PA

    This was one of John’s best. Thanks for posting Joe.

  • Boreal

    Republicans would love to bring back coal jobs.

  • The coal industry lobbies and therefore they are to remain relevant

    Also America LOVES their romantic history with the past instead of stepping up and being innovative…we LOVE to wax and wane about the American worker while they struggle to make ends meet…it is a double edge sword that is getting duller each and every election…

    • netxtown

      There probably isn’t a 2 or 3 year old who hasn’t picked their nose and ate it. Yes – some studies show an immunity boost – but that doesn’t mean i still want to do it. 🙂

    • RoFaWh

      I am unaware that there is any romantic side to coal mining. It is a dirty, dangerous job.

  • romanhans

    OT: Yesterday a van attack on the crowd at a Muslim mosque in London killed one, injured 10. And a Muslim girl returning from religious services in Virginia was beaten to death.

    Two killings in one day. If Ted Nugent isn’t just playing a moronic right-wing game and really wants to help solve the problem he’ll address his next lecture about “civility” to the proper side.

    • Bluto

      The most sickening part is the large number of people who are cheering, applauding & encouraging this. White men aren’t terrorists, they’re righteous & noble god warriors.

      • Galvestonian

        … and professed Christians.

    • GayOldLady

      You talking about Ted – “suck on my machine gun, Obama” Nugent?

      • Karl Dubhe

        Yes, the one who claimed (yesterday?) that he didn’t incite violence against anyone when he did that.

        Which, of course, incites thoughts of violence.

    • Acronym Jim

      Bill Maher invited Ted Nugent on his show to prove that he was willing to tone down the rhetoric. All I saw was a chance for the two to be consolidated in their denigrating of Muslims.

  • Jerry Kott

    The irony of ironies is that the electricity for a new Coal Mining Museum in Kentucky is being supplied by Solar Power.
    This is all window dressing and chest pounding. It is some sort of Americana spin. These regions will not come back from their glory days. No amount of spin will change that. They are off the beaten path of progress and will remain that way. The future jobs will be in mining land reclamation, tattoo removal , and drug rehab .
    Elvis has left the building.

    • Gustav2

      Even in what some may call “The Glory Days,” Eastern Kentuckians and West Virginians were migrating north for jobs in the Midwest in huge numbers.

      • Jerry

        OH is populated with ex-Appalachian Americans.

        • Gustav2

          Shhhhh, you are talking about my husbands family. 😉

    • Bj Lincoln

      Land reclamation is a specialty of Ohio. The coal in Ohio is dirtier than most and was leaving huge holes from strip mining all over. They were told they had to reclaim the land if they wanted to keep digging it up. Ohio is also the leader in coal emissions because of the ‘dirty’ coal they dig up there. There are more jobs in coal emissions and reclamation than there are jobs in mining now but it requires an education. Going back to school, any school, was not in the cards when so many started mining.

      • Jerry Kott

        At this point I don’t know the Politics of what is actually going on in Coal Country. I was raised in a small town in what was considered Pennsylvania Coal Country. I played on slag hills . There was a creek in town called the Black Creek because of the coal dirt. We had neighbor who were strip miners. After I left for bigger horizons, coal mining was a family profession and not much more. What was odd was that the remaining slag hill were purchased by Korean Companies and the slag was shipped to Korea to make charcoal blocks to cook on ( from what I was told) The region was cleaned up however no major industry has relocated to the region.
        This story is common all across the United States.
        Education is the Key to progress.

  • netxtown

    I am confused! Coal mining is supposed to be relatively high paying jobs….so why the fuck does everyone always look so poor?

    • Gustav2

      Because in reality coal mining employs only a very few now. Mining technology has eliminated most of the jobs. In West Virginia only 15,400 were employed in the industry in a state of 1.844 million.

      • Bj Lincoln

        That and most of them don’t have more than a high school education and don’t have a clue what to do with all that money. I saw this in my home town with steel. Uneducated folks getting good paying jobs in factories right out of high school and still living like they are poor. They grew up in rural areas with no money and raise their families the same way. Many of them had nothing when the steel companies left/closed.

      • Beagle

        And the numbers have been dropping for a very long time.

      • Jerry

        And no one, other than the extremely poor, wants to live anywhere close to a mining site, particularly the mountaintop removal sites. It destroys the water, the air and the entire quality of life. Around a mountaintop removal site, rock and dust rain down from the blasting within a 50-mile radius. Cancer rates, asthma and many other illnesses are 50% or more higher in those areas.

  • Ninja0980

    There will be more retail and tourism jobs lost combined this year then coal mining jobs brought back but since many of the people affected will be women and POC, Trump and Republicans won’t give a damn.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Awesome John! Nailed it! I happen to know a great deal about the history of coal in the NE US and it has been on the decline for a long time for all kinds of reasons. One is the education of miners that he touched on quickly.

    • RoFaWh

      Examples of declining use of coal:

      1. The closing of the old Lehigh Valley rwy line, which ran from Hoboken to Buffalo, the better to deliver anthracite coal from the Lehigh Valley proper.

      2. The death of the Phoebe Snow passenger train. It was so named because the engine burnt anthracite and you could arrive at your destination still dressed in white instead of soot stains.

      3. Any of the many large wind farms.

  • Ross

    Our comedians are doing a great job.

    The job the news media SHOULD be doing.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Mr. Nutter Butter for President and CEO of Murray “Energy” Corporation!

  • KevInPDX

    In the early 1990’s Bill Clinton had the Northwest Forest Plan developed and implemented to try and stop the timber wars in the PNW after the n. spotted owl (and marbled murrelet) were listed. Within the development of the NWFP were provisions to help out loggers and their communities that were to be affected by the reduction in timber volume coming off Federal lands. The coal miners and their issues were chucked under the bus. The Clinton administration chose not to help out the SE region of the country and that industry purposefully.

  • DonnaLee

    I just love how John Oliver is ballsy as fuck!