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As the leader of the free world dons a hardhat and mimes shoveling coal, Trevor Noah confesses: “President Trump may destroy the world, but goddam he’s cute. You can’t deny that.” Watching him on tape, the Daily Show host suddenly understands: “All Trump ever wanted to do was play president. We should have just given him a Fisher-Price president set. He would have had so much fun!”

But there’s no fun in Trump’s climate denial, rollback of environmental reforms, or his false promise to bring back the coal industry, which has been declining for years due to competition from cleaner natural gas. There has been no “war on coal,” as he claims, but his actions will promote Chinese leadership on clean energy, the industry of the future, while he uses miners as political pawns. But their jobs, lost to automation as well as competition, aren’t coming back.

And somebody should tell the miners and their children what Noah confides to viewers: Today, there are nine times as many jobs in renewable energy industries as in coal.

 

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

How bad was Tuesday night's debate? So bad that the above-the-fray Commission on Presidential Debates is planning on rule changes for the next debates.

"Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the CPD said in a statement. "The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly."

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