President Trump Just Defined ‘Clean Coal’ & It’s So Stupid, Your Brain Will Hurt


President Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday evening. This speech might be characterized as one of his most unhinged moments, probably the most unhinged speech he has ever been. His whole speech was one ridiculous and blatant lie after another. One of the worst parts of the night was when he wildly blasted the media for his own made up reasons:

‘They are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that… I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that. You would think — you would think they’d want to make our country great again, and I honestly believe they don’t. I honestly believe it.’

At another point during his speech, Trump really showed his scientific ignorance as he prided himself saying “clean coal is back.” It was apparent that he has not earthly idea what that means. Trump said:

‘We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. and it’s just been announced that a second, brand new coal mine where they’re going to take out clean coal — meaning they’re taking out coal, they’re going to clean it — is opening in the state of Pennsylvania.’

Scientists and others who are knowledgeable about the topic were perplexed by his comments. Pieter Tans, the lead scientist of the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado, said:

‘He clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It sounds like he thinks that they’re going to wash the coal. It doesn’t make any sense.’

One tweeter posted this:

Several people responded with equally hilarious comments.

Trump has been referring to “clean coal” since before the election. At a campaign rally in Virginia in February 2016, he said “clean coal is coming back,” and then slammed China’s coal production practices. He said:

‘We sell coal. The coal mines are dying, but the only coal we give is coal to China. Do you think they clean the coal? Believe me, they don’t.’

Steve Clemmer, the energy research director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, says this obviously goes to show that Trump has no idea what he is talking about. Clemmer explained to ABC News:

‘Every time he refers to the word “coal,” he puts the word “clean” in front of it. Or “beautiful,” That signals to me that he doesn’t understand what most people refer to “clean coal” as.’

Instead of scrubbing “beautiful” rocks in the bath tub, maybe someone should clean the box full of rocks out the White House and make it more “beautiful.”

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