Trump's own appointees don't buy need for nuclear and coal bailout
January 9, 2018
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It was front page news on the conservative Wall Street Journal. The headlines ran: Federal Regulators Rule Against Trump Administration on Power Plants. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rebuffs plan to aid coal-fired and nuclear power plants." (WSJ articles are behind a pay wall and cannot be linked to or reproduced.)

"Federal energy regulators on Monday rejected a Trump administration proposal aimed at shoring up struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to bolster the nation’s electricity grid, saying the administration hadn’t persuaded them the plan was needed to ensure the system’s reliability," read the WSJ lead.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post pointed out right in its headline that the FERC committee were not willing to play "follow my leader" and fall for the nuclear/coal boondoggle: "Trump-appointed regulators reject plan to rescue coal and nuclear plants," it read.

The Post opening paragraphs, in Steve Mufson's story, read: 

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday unanimously rejected a proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have propped up nuclear and coal power plants struggling in competitive electricity markets.

The independent five-member commission includes four people appointed by President Trump, three of them Republicans. Its decision is binding."

Article originally appeared on Beyond Nuclear (http://www.beyondnuclear.org/).
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