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In USA Coal and Nuclear Lobbies Joined Forces – locked together in move to get tax-payer handouts

Nuclear frets about ‘marriage of convenience’ with coalSam Mintz and Dylan Brown, E&E News reporters  Coal and nuclear power have become so synonymous lately, they are starting to sound like a pair of always-together high school lovebirds.

Like “SteveandSally,” the two energy sources are now “coalandnuclear,” as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reviews the Department of Energy’s controversial proposal to subsidize both based on the “resilience” they offer the electric grid.

But the romance does not sit well with all those involved.

“Nuclear has support on left, right and center. Coal has become so political these days. It just drives everyone to their corners,” a nuclear industry source told E&E News.

“I think there’s a widespread perception, I don’t know if it’s fair or not, but they’re going the way of the telegraph and the buggy whip. And no one wants to be associated with that,” said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mike McKenna, a Republican lobbyist and former Trump transition team member, called it a “marriage of convenience, not of love.”…….

Coal to nuclear: We’re not so different, you and I

Coal appears to have been the driving force behind the DOE proposal, but nuclear is not just along for the ride, National Mining Association spokesman Luke Popovich said. He argues the two have more in common than just reliability….

November 16, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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