And just like that -- either because everything good Mr. Obama did must be obliterated from history, or because some rich friend of President Trump's isn't making enough money -- Mr. Trump has announced he'll try to roll back the fuel economy standards that will make cars get an average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Better gas mileage, less pollution, more money in working families' pockets -- clearly none of these matter to Mr. Trump, and all he can do is rampage around saying REGULASHUNZ KILL TEH JOBZ!!!!!! Of course, if (like me) you're of the mind that regulations actually create jobs for folks who have to figure out how to comply with them, then all his sound and fury won't persuade you. And to hear automakers say it's hard to get their cars up to these standards in eight more years? That is to laugh -- the Prius was capable of getting that mileage almost 15 years ago! Hence the Sierra Club helps you tell the EPA not to roll back fuel efficiency standards.
Meanwhile, H.R. 179, the Miners Protection Act of 2017, would (as its title suggests) shore up certain endangered coal miner pension plans, including the 1974 United Mine Worker Pension Plan. Why do these pension plans need saving? Because coal corporations are going bankrupt and coal mining jobs are disappearing, which means that we have one current coal miner for every 12 retirees. And that's neither sustainable or moral -- these folks worked their whole lives and paid into the plan, so they deserve a secure retirement. And if you're tempted to say, well, if you cared about coal miners so much, maybe you shouldn't pass job-killing regulations!, please do the following four things: 1) slap yourself, 2) recall from the above paragraph that regulations don't kill jobs, 3) consider whether greedy CEOs and bankster shell games might have done more to kill coal mining jobs, and 4) slap yourself again. Then let Keystone Progress help you tell your Congressfolk to support the Miners Protection Act.