After a series of court wins, the question remains: Can Trump bring back coal?
On successive days last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed President Trump procedural victories in his quest to roll back environmental rules. The court delayed oral arguments over regulations on mercury and other harmful emissions from coal plants, and granted a 60-day pause in litigation on the Clean Power Plan. The White House has systematically been following through on pledges to undo Obama-era regulations, with an eye towards reviving the coal industry. But even if the administration succeeds in significantly rolling back restrictions on fossil fuel energy production, there is a growing belief that it will do little to stem the long-term decline of the industry.