‘Dirty Jobs’: Trump administration denies climate change claims
Trump administration officials deny that the U.S. is in the grip of a “dirty jobs” crisis and say that carbon dioxide emissions are falling faster than the economy can absorb them.
The White House said Tuesday that the Trump administration is working to improve the efficiency of electricity generation and to expand renewable energy.
It said the administration is focusing on ways to help rural areas adapt to climate change.
But White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U,S.
has more than 100 years of history of coal mining, oil, gas and electricity production.
He said the “coal industry is dying” and that many of its workers are retired or underemployed.
“It is an industry that has been a very hard-hit by climate change,” Spicer said.
“We are working with our coal miners and their families, and other industries, to make sure that we don’t have to be in that situation.”