Congresswoman says Trump’s plan to close coal plants ‘sensible’

Congresswoman Barbara Lee says President Donald Trump’s proposal to shut down the nation’s coal plants “sensible” and would help create millions of new jobs.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Lee said she was “pleased” to see the president propose an economic recovery plan to revitalize the coal industry, and that “the American people will benefit from a new economic strategy to stimulate the American economy.”

She added: “President Trump is a proven leader who will build on President Trump’s economic plan to bring jobs back to America and to rebuild the American middle class.

I look forward to working with him and the administration to continue the work of reining in the cost of living for Americans.”

Lee said the coal-fired plants would be closed “as soon as practicable” to allow for a transition of power to cleaner, renewable energy.

The White House announced last week that Trump is asking Congress to authorize $100 billion in coal production credits for the states and localities that have pledged to build new coal-burning power plants, which would be distributed to those states and communities.

Lee said she has been working with Democrats in Congress to try to pass legislation to encourage the construction of new coal plants in the states.

She also called on the Trump administration to support the coal industries development in areas that are economically depressed.

The coal industry employs nearly 4.8 million people in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.