Whatever regulatory relief the Trump administration may provide, coal is very likely to continue to fail to compete effectively with its No.1 rival, cheaper and cleaner natural gas, a problem the Trump administration is unlikely to solve. Indeed, natural gas is likely to become an even more potent competitor under the Trump administration given the Trump proposal to deregulate gas exploration and pipeline development. In his energy plan, Trump promised to achieve energy independence by becoming a net energy exporter. Despite the efforts to promote innovation and startup businesses, the projects are small-scale affairs. In rural regions it is difficult to transition from public assistance into the labor market because of a lack of employment opportunities and social/human capital to facilitate a transition.