Coal / Energy

Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump’s desire to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it.

Coal is losing its place to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. It is dirty and dangerous not only in the burning, but in the extraction. Nuclear energy has the potential to be extremely clean, but trying to make it safe renders it prohibitively expensive.

Trump’s late-May memo ordering Energy Secretary Rick Perry to “prepare immediate steps” to stop the closing of coal and nuclear energy plants is an obvious payback to the coal barons who helped fund his campaign and the coal workers who voted for him. It has been rightly criticized, even ridiculed, by those who understand how energy markets and the nation’s power grid operate.”

— editorial, Columbus Dispatch

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