President Trump orders Energy Department to stop the shutdown of coal plants

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Commuting Blago-D, and ordering private power generators to disregard their board decisions and keep open failing coal plants through subsidies if necessary, DJ is showing off his dictatorial powers.

He's a Democrat.

President Trump orders Energy Department to stop coal retirements

This afternoon White House Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump told Energy Secretary Rick Perry to "prepare immediate steps" to prevent coal plants from early closure.

Original Story 9:10am: In a draft memo to be circulated on Friday, the Department of Energy (DOE) argues in favor of using a wartime rule called the Defense Production Act to bail out failing coal and nuclear plants, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the memo.

White House reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear
The memo suggests that the Energy Department could force grid operators to buy power or electric generation capacity from a list of pre-determined power plants for two years, “to forestall any future actions toward retirement, decommissioning or deactivation.”

During that time, the DOE would conduct a study of vulnerabilities in the US power grid system. The justification for using the Defense Production Act would be that keeping unprofitable power plants running is a matter of national security until the two-year vulnerability study is complete.

The memo allegedly wrote that "Too many of these fuel-secure plants have retired prematurely and many more have recently announced retirement." According to Bloomberg, the memo added that these coal and nuclear plants are being replaced by natural gas and renewable power generation that is not secure or resilient.

Such a statement has been contradicted by several power grid operators, including PJM, one of the largest independent system operators in the country. The recent "bomb cyclone" system of extremely cold weather in the Northeast this winter showed off that the grid could operate well despite coal retirements.
More:https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/06/report-department-of-energy-recommends-bail-out-of-failing-coal-plants/
 
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Yea A president that understand you shut down workable plants in HOPES that something else works, and you don't put all you eggs in one basket.

Trump understands you need NUCLEAR, FOSSEL, HYDROELECTRIC AS WELL AS GREEN ENERGY supplys

So if there is an interruption in one source you are not screwed blued and FUBARed.

Trump is showing why his 10 point increase in approval rating is well earned.
 
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Commuting Blago-D, and ordering private power generators to disregard their board decisions and keep open failing coal plants through subsidies if necessary, DJ is showing off his dictatorial powers.

He's a Democrat.

DJ is CIC and can do whatever his heart desires. This decision will have an impact of the Western Slope of Colorado where Lignite is found in abundance.
 
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Yea A president that understand you shut down workable plants in HOPES that something else works, and you don't put all you eggs in one basket.

Trump understands you need NUCLEAR, FOSSEL, HYDROELECTRIC AS WELL AS GREEN ENERGY supplys

So if there is an interruption in one source you are not screwed blued and FUBARed.

Trump is showing why his 10 point increase in approval rating is well earned.
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Yea A president that understand you shut down workable plants in HOPES that something else works, and you don't put all you eggs in one basket.

Trump understands you need NUCLEAR, FOSSEL, HYDROELECTRIC AS WELL AS GREEN ENERGY supplys

So if there is an interruption in one source you are not screwed blued and FUBARed.

Trump is showing why his 10 point increase in approval rating is well earned.
Yeah he's finally beating Jimmy Carter !!!!
 
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Picking winners and losers + corporate socialism = The new Republican Party.
And thus it has always been. Socialism is only BAD when it seeks to help the poor and needy. But our corporations must prosper no matter what !!!!

No truer words have ever been spoken ...........

 
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Here is the crux of this matter. This is from the Axios link shown below discussing and quoting the original Bloomberg report:

One level deeper: The news service obtained a memo — circulated ahead of a National Security Council meeting scheduled for today — describing plans for Energy Department use of emergency powers to force grid operators to buy power or power capacity from at-risk plants.
It's not even a hidden government subsidy. The consumers are being forced to pay at source.

https://www.axios.com/trump-coal-nuclear-power-bailout-176ab7ce-a31a-4278-953f-736bb439af40.html
 
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