Donald Trump has been president for a month, and his supporters are already praising him for bringing back US coal mining jobs — even though he hasn't, really. Here's a sample quote from a Trump backer in Florida, via Jenna Johnson and David Weigel of the Washington Post:
"If he hadn't gotten into office, 70,000 miners would have been put out of work" ... "I saw the ceremony where he signed that bill, giving them their jobs back, and he had miners with their hard hats and everything — you could see how happy they were."
A few things to point out here:
The supporter is referring here to Trump's repeal of the Obama administration's "stream protection rule," which would have placed new restrictions on coal companies dumping mining waste in streams. It's true that coal companies hated this rule and claimed it would've killed thousands of jobs, but an outside analysis found that the job impacts would be minimal: repealing the rule will only boost annual mining employment by 124 jobs. Total.
To put this in perspective, the US coal industry has lost more than 30,000 mining jobs since 2009 — and is down to just 50,000 today. Repealing the stream rule isn't going to come close to halting this decline: