Trump promises to cancel restrictions on coal, law expert says it will be a lengthy and difficult process

SOUTHWEST VA (WJHL)- In August Trump stopped in Abingdon making some heavy promises for a region hard-hit by a dying coal industry.

“Their jobs have been taken away, and we’re going to bring them back folks,” Trump said, gaining applause during his Abingdon visit.

Now he is the president-elect and still the coal industry is on his radar, making mention of it in the two and a half minute video he recently posted outlining his policy plans for the first 100 days in office.

“On energy, I will cancel job killing restrictions on the production of American energy including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high paying jobs. That’s what we want, that’s what we’ve been waiting for,” Trump said in the video.

“We’ve had very restrictive regulation was placed on coal that haven’t been placed on other producers of electricity that we think is very unfair to coal and that’s causing a lot of loss in jobs,” Harry Childress, President of Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance said. “We think this Trump administration will put us back on to where we have been before.”

But can the president cancel regulations? Stewart Harris, law professor at Appalachian School of Law said not by himself. “It will take time to make any real difference and it might not be as dramatic as people expect, he can’t just come in there and with the stroke of a pen and repeal all the coal regulations,” Harris said.

Harris said putting regulations in place is a lengthy process and changing or repealing them isn’t easy.

“I suspect any significant change in the regulations affecting coal would ensure significant opposition from the democrats, it only takes one democrat to filibuster in the senate, and therefore he’s going to have difficulty changing regulations quickly if at all,” Harris said.

He said another option for Trump is to ease up on enforcing already existing regulations.

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