On Thursday, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the longtime federal corporation that handles electricity in seven states, voted to shut down the Paradise coal-fired power plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
The decision is a humiliation for President Donald Trump, who took a personal interest in the vote and put pressure on TVA to save the plant:
Donald J. 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!
5:03 PM – Feb 11, 2019
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Trump, who has made saving coal a key plank of his presidency, may have also been interested in the Paradise plant because it buys from a mining company owned by one of his friends and political donors, Robert Murray.…