Trump energy policy fails to derail gas

The president of the United States has loudly voiced his support for the coal industry, but his efforts have resulted in little success The president of the United States has loudly voiced his support for the coal industry, but his efforts have resulted in little success.
By Peter Stewart 17 January 2018 0 29128
The Republican National Convention, July 2016. The Republican National Convention, July 2016. (PA)

The coal renaissance promised by United States President Donald Trump has failed to materialise, with gas still firmly in place as the country’s preferred fuel for power and industry while key White House policy plans are held at a regulatory impasse. 

In an embarrassing setback for the Trump administration, earlier this month US power grid regulator the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected a directive put forward by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to support ageing coal and nuclear power plants. Perry wanted to subsidise plants that...

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