>> See, I'm gonna put the miners back to work.>> On the trail and in the White House, Donald Trump has pledged to revive the struggling US coal industry. But the promises are now complicating long standing efforts to retrain coal workers for fields such as IT and cybersecurity.
In coal states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia that have seen thousands of layoffs, the push to retrain minors is meeting pushback from those who think Trump's coal revival is just around the corner. Reporter Valerie Volcovici visited Western Pennsylvania.>> So this kind of optimism and this positive political messenging around a coal comeback is creating problems for these local officials that really want to try to reorient the economy.
Part of the problem is, it's already been difficult to change the mindset of people who have been tied to the coal industry for decades through their families. The President's words are resonating with them. And they're giving them a little bit of hope that maybe yes, I don't need to take this lower paying job, or spend time getting a certificate, because eventually, I'll get called back in.
>> As a result, retraining programs launched in the Obama era are vastly undersubscribed. Some of them even facing the chopping block in Trump's proposed 2018 budget. When Trump cancelled the Paris climate accords and reversed many regulations, he did so in the name of miners. And his administration has claimed some early progress.
But data shows that only around 400 coal jobs have been restored under Trump. And the 20% rebounding coal production so far is not enough to put many miners back to work. Coal battered by competition from cleaner burning natural gas.>> Since 2011, there's been a loss of over 30,000, or around 30,000 jobs in the coal industry.
And right now what we're seeing, is the industry kind of very slowly picking up from hitting rock-bottom the last year or two. But there were very few people that I spoke with that saw this full scale rebound.>> Local officials in affected areas have taken full advantage of federal and state grants to retool their economies.
The Appalachian Regional Commission securing $94 million in funds with the goal of creating 8,800 new jobs outside of mining. But first, they have to convince the miners, as many await a Trump turnaround that may never come.