TRUMP ORDERS HALT TO SHUTDOWN OF OBSOLETE COAL AND NUCLEAR PLANTS

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1 june 2018

[4C Note: on the same subject see the comprehensive New York Times< article at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/02/us/scott-pruitt-coal-joseph-craft.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news/i>]

Trump orders Energy Secretary Perry to halt shutdown of coal and nuclear plants

by Steven Mufson, Washington Post, June 1 2018

President Trump on Friday ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to halt the shutdown of ailing coal and nuclear power plants that he said were needed to maintain the nation’s energy mix, grid resilience and national security.

“Unfortunately, impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix, and impacting the resilience of our power grid,” the White House said in a statement.

The Trump administration has been preparing to invoke emergency powers granted under Cold War-era legislation to order regional grid operators to buy electricity from ailing coal and nuclear power plants. There have been meetings this week at the Cabinet deputies’ level and at the National Security Council.

One likely plan, laid out in a 41-page draft memorandum posted online by Bloomberg News and Utility Dive, would favor certain power plants in the name of national security. Those plants are owned by some of the president’s political allies in the coal industry.

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