The Trump regime can repeal all the regulations they like, it's not going to resurrect coal.
An electricity provider in central Ohio has announced that it's closing two coal-fired power plants for "economic reasons." Those reasons appear to include their failure to convince the public that they should pay more to cover the cost of renovating the ancient, dirty plants.
Dayton Power & Light, a subsidiary of AES Corp. (AES), said in an emailed statement that it planned to close the J.M. Stuart and Killen plants by June 2018 because they would not be “economically viable beyond mid-2018.” [...]
The closure follows negotiations between Dayton Power & Light, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and stakeholders like the environmental group the Sierra Club over whether the company should be allowed to raise electricity prices to pay for upgrades to keep the plants open.
Switching to alternative energy sources like natural gas, solar, and wind will not require raising prices and those sources are cleaner and cheaper to operative than coal-fired power plants.
And you can't say President Obama's Clean Power Plan is responsible for this because the plan isn't even being enforced. The Clean Power Plan, which would place strict limits on the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by power plants, has been held up in court since the day it was finalized. And as you may recall, the plan was challenged in court even before it was finalized.
While the federal Clean Power Plan has never actually been implemented, many states, including some red states, have adopted their own renewable energy standards and targets because it's better for their own economies. The natural gas, wind, and solar power industries are cheaper, cleaner, and employ far more people than the coal industry does.
Trump's war on regulations and the EPA won't save a dying industry, but it will allow industry executives and benefactors to squeeze what they can while they still can and then safely retire and leave behind a legacy of death and pollution that future administrations will be responsible for cleaning up.
Coincidentally, Dayton Power & Light is my electricity provider. My average power bill hasn't changed for as long as I've lived here, "war on coal" or not.