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As U.S. looks to coal, Canada sets sights on renewables

Workers install solar panels on the roof of an Ikea
Workers install solar panels on the roof of an Ikea near Toronto. Photo: Colin McConnell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

President Trump campaigned on promises to boost coal jobs and is following through — most recently with a leaked memo directing the Department of Energy to throw a “lifeline” to the struggling coal and nuclear industries.

Why it matters: While the global renewable energy market surges, the coal industry remains on life support. From 2016 to 2018, the number of new coal plants dropped by 73%. Although Trump claims that investing in coal over clean energy will boost the job market, the hard truth is that a significant number of U.S. coal jobs cannot feasibly return.