"We will put our miners back to work".
But beyond the possible malfeasance of wealthy coal company executives, Oliver points out that advances in technology and energy priorities in general have led to a loss of coal jobs across the country, and that Trump's attempts to save the coal industry are not only environmentally damaging, but also economically counterproductive and not even all that helpful to the out-of-work coal miners whose jobs Trump purports to save.
When coal jobs go away, green jobs increase - just not where the coal miners live.
Adding more grist to the mill, Oliver added: "Donald Trump insisted he's helping miners by reducing regulations on coal companies, but too often people conflate coal, coal miners, and coal companies and imply that when you help one you help them all. So that 50,000 new jobs claim was off by 48,700", Oliver said.
The problem with coal is that jobs are disappearing due to advanced technology like alternative energies, automation and drop in natural gas prices. And it is, if you want Oliver and his team of political comedy professionals to double down on reporting the unsavory, hypocritical, and downright shady stuff you get up to. Since taking office, Scott Pruitt - Trump's EPA Administrator - has claimed that the administration has created approximately 50,000 jobs in the coal industry.
"If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines", he said. But most people don't have the imagination-or whatever-to leave their mine.
"And you know what?" Oliver neither ceases nor desists, and it is a thing of beauty.
Upon finding out that your Trump-friendly coal company is being featured on an upcoming episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, one might think that a strongly worded legal threat to sue said show and it's cheeky British host into smithereens "all the way to the Supreme Court" is a good idea. "Stop telling them that their jobs are all coming back when they're not, stop telling them that coal is clean when it isn't, and stop pretending that this isn't an industry in the middle of a hard and painful-albeit necessary-transition". Good news, though: If Murray had never been spoken to by a talking squirrel before, Oliver and a special guest called Mr. Nutterbutter made sure he can now say in good faith he's heard it right from the squirrel's mouth.