(National Sentinel) Commerce: Energy and trade policies pushed by President Donald J. Trump and enacted by his administration are making coal great again after years of decline under global warming hoaxer Barack Obama.

As reported by Reuters, U.S. coal exports are skyrocketing, breathing new life into a vital energy resource and proving once again that Trump’s energy and economic policies are legitimate drivers of growth:

U.S. coal exports have jumped more than 60 percent this year due to soaring demand from Europe and Asia, according to a Reuters review of government data, allowing President Donald Trump’s administration to claim that efforts to revive the battered industry are working.

The increased shipments came as the European Union and other U.S. allies heaped criticism on the Trump administration for its rejection of the Paris Climate Accord, a deal agreed by nearly 200 countries to cut carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels like coal.

The previously unpublished figures provided to Reuters by the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed exports of the fuel from January through May totaled 36.79 million tons, up 60.3 percent from 22.94 million tons in the same period in 2016. While reflecting a bounce from 2016, the shipments remained well-below volumes recorded in equivalent periods the previous five years.

They included a surge to several European countries during the 2017 period, including a 175 percent increase in shipments to the United Kingdom, and a doubling to France – which had suffered a series of nuclear power plant outages that required it and regional neighbors to rely more heavily on coal.

So in other words, when the microphones are on and the TV cameras are rolling, EU leaders call the president a schmuck for backing out of a ‘global warming’ agreement (that was really just a giant wealth transfer scheme) while at the same time hungrily soaking up U.S. coal (because they need it for their economies to function and their people to thrive).

“Simply to know that coal no longer has to fight the government – that has to have some effect on investment decisions and in the outlook by companies, producers, and utilities that use coal,” said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association.

“These numbers clearly show that the Trump Administration’s policies are helping to revive an industry that was the target of costly and job killing over regulation from Washington for far too long,” added Shaylyn Hynes, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Energy Department.

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