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Trump, Bevin Lobby for Preservation of Coal Plant

The mining company's CEO is a major Trump supporter.

Feb. 12, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

President Trump "on Monday publicly pushed the Tennessee Valley Authority to save an aging coal plant in Kentucky that buys its fuel from one of the president’s top supporters.”

Trump: “Coal is an important part of our electricity generation mix and @TVAnews should give serious consideration to all factors before voting to close viable power plants, like Paradise #3 in Kentucky!”

“His missive came just days before the TVA board is slated to vote on the future of Paradise Unit 3, a 49-year-old coal plant that the federally owned utility has said would be too expensive to keep operating. … Robert Murray, the CEO of the mining company, is a major Trump supporter who has personally lobbied the president to take other actions to help the ailing coal industry, particularly in regions where he sells coal. The White House has shelved a proposed coal bailout plan that has been among Murray's top priorities, although the Trump administration has rolled back numerous other environmental rules the magnate has criticized.”

“Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Saturday said he and Trump would call on the TVA board to postpone its vote until TVA’s two open seats can be filled and FERC finishes a study on grid resiliency.” (Politico)

REPORT RECOMMENDS OTHERWISE. “A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority" released Monday "says it no longer makes sense to keep burning coal at its Paradise, Kentucky, power plant, despite calls by state and federal officials to keep it open. … The TVA board will discuss the future of the plants on Thursday. … Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted in support of coal, and Gov. Matt Bevin says the closure would devastate Kentucky’s economy.” (AP)

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