While we love to shower celebrities and sports players with attention, the true heroes of our nation are the average Americans who work hard and risk their lives to provide for their families — and the nation.
Coal miners in West Virginia bowed their heads, with hand over heart, and stood for a beautiful rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before heading underground for another day’s hard work, and it was captured in a now-viral video.
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Shane Wriston posted the video to Facebook. It features his fellow miner, Josh Stowers, belting out the national anthem for his co workers to end their daily safety meeting.
“There is no kneeling in this bath house,” read Wriston’s caption on Facebook. “We have daily safety meeting before every shift before these guys go underground, and we appreciate Josh volunteering to sing after the meeting,” as reported by Fox 46.
“I wanted everybody to feel close together as a whole family right then and there,” Stowers, the singer, told a local reporter. “A bunch of guys I work with have past military experience and I knew that song would hit them real hard and make them feel comfortable. They could’ve had a bad day at that time, and that song would put them over the edge and make them feel better about themselves.”
President Trump trounced Hillary Clinton in West Virginia, partly due to his campaign promise to bring coal jobs back to the State. President Trump won every single county in West Virginia, and took 69 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times.
The policies of former President Barack Obama contributed to, and accelerated, the slow decline of coal. During the former president’s time in office, West Virginia alone lost 12,000 coal jobs.
On Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, announced that the agency will create new rules which will override the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which imposes limits on carbon emissions, and was a death blow to the coal industry, according to The Associated Press.
“The war on coal is over,” Pruitt announced, adding that it was wrong for a federal agency to “declare war on any sector of our economy” in the first place.
The Clean Power Plan was the Obama administration’s key policy set in place to achieve the emission standards outlined in the Paris Climate Accord, which President Trump rescinded earlier this year.
Pruitt was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at Whayne Supply in Hazard, a coal mining supply company that has laid off 60 percent of their employees in recent years.
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McConnell praised the demise of the Clean Power Plan, but admitted that many of the jobs lost under former President Obama are not coming back.
“A lot of damage has been done,” McConnell explained. “This doesn’t immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal fired plants in the United States and that means there will still be some market here.”
President Trump’s promise to revive the coal industry provided a major boost on election day. West Virginia is home to more registered Democrats than Republicans, but the state felt ignored by Former President Obama, who appeared to relish in the demise of coal.