Facing a branding crisis, the coal industry appears to have enlisted a reliable ally as its PR rep: the Trump administration. According to recently released emails, administration officials pushed to include details flattering to Big Coal in a federal report covering last winter’s “Bomb Cyclone.” Trump officials appear set on spinning a misleading narrative that only coal can improve our emergency response to widespread power outages. They encouraged the report’s authors at the U.S. Department of Energy to highlight the outages from natural gas-fired power, while emphasizing planned coal plant closures, as part of their analysis of the storm. The emails reveal what we already suspected to be true: The Trump administration has no intention of assessing the facts on coal as it barrels toward a federally sponsored bailout for the dying industry. If it did, it might have to admit that more extreme weather events are in no small part due to burning so much coal in the first place.
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Expert BlogJohn Moore, Gillian Giannetti
The Trump Administration has made no secret of its desire to prop up coal and nuclear plants for political purposes and today the White House made it abundantly clear.
Expert BlogUnited StatesGillian Giannetti
If it feels like you've been reading about a potential federal bailout for America's aging and uneconomic coal and nuclear plants for a long time, you're not wrong. Despite consistent opposition, the idea just won't die. DOE's game of whack-a-mole…
Expert BlogJohn Moore
FirstEnergy goes back to the well for profit guarantees, but its plan is a work of fiction, contrary to the law and the facts.