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Trump's energy policy: Who turned out the lights?

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On the campaign trail, U.S. presidential candidate Trump promised to revive the coal industry and make United States energy independent, no matter the cost to the environment, or to attempts to combat climate change.

However, one year into his administration, President Trump’s “America First” energy and natural resource policies have resulted in few real gains for U.S. coal producers. But these minimal-at-best gains have come at the cost of broader trade disputes that threaten the U.S. economy and national security.

Trump has been determined to push the United States toward energy self-sufficiency and boost coal-fired electricity production. Several policy initiatives, including rolling back environmental regulations and slapping tariffs on imported solar panels, have been designed to do just that.

Toward the end of his first year in office, Trump trumpeted his success in lifting restrictions on American energy, “including shale, oil, natural gas and clean, beautiful coal, of which we have 1,000 years of supply.” Even Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation was a signal that his would be a presidency defined by the return of “homegrown” energy.

These policies are guided by two assumptions.

The first, that coal is unfairly shackled by regulation, and a healthy coal industry free of environmental........

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