During his campaign, Trump made promises to aide the Coal Industry. He has not forgotten. Trump intends to protect our electric grid and give aid to coal and nuclear power plants as they are struggling. But his promises are not the sole reason for this move to support coal and nuclear. America’s Safety is.
In order to help the Coal Industry and America, Trump is intending to use some old laws that will allow the government to intervene and keep those plants running. But his main goal is not about keeping the plants running but instead to encourage American Independence.
“President Trump believes in total energy independence and dominance, and that keeping America’s energy grid and infrastructure strong and secure protects our national security, public safety and economy from intentional attacks and natural disasters,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.
“The intervention would last for two years, allowing time for a federal study of vulnerabilities in the U.S. energy delivery and grid system.”
The Energy Dept “plans to create a “Strategic Electric Generation Reserve” in an effort to ensure the U.S. is prepared for emergencies and maximizing it’s domestic energy supply, according to Bloomberg News.”‘
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But in order to accomplish this, they will have to dust off some Korean war era laws.
“The Energy Department would be relying partly on the Federal Power Act — the so-called Section 202 authority — that lets the administration order guaranteed profits for power plants that can store large amounts of fuel on site. And the Energy Department would be tapping the 68-year-old Defense Production Act, a Cold War-era statute once invoked by President Harry Truman to help the steel industry.”
Coal and Nuclear Power Plants may not be the cleanest Energy sources, but until we move over to alternatives some areas need to maintain the power they have. It is important that America be resilient when it comes to its’ electric grid. In this case, we may need Coal and Nuclear Power for now at least.