Trump urged to use Korean War-era law to provide relief for struggling coal, nuclear plants

“This really is grasping at straws,” Fitzpatrick said.

Propping up the coal industry under the guise of national security would amount to “a perversion of market forces” since natural gas and renewable energy prices are low and changes in technology have enabled many more Americans to be energy efficient, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

“This would be like the whalers of the 1800s trying to use national defense as a justification to continue to defend whale oil as a lighting source against the light bulb,” Smith said.

via wbir.com | Trump urged to use Korean War-era law to provide relief for struggling coal, nuclear plants