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Monday, February 18, 2019

TVA Will Close Coal Plant Despite Political Pressure

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:

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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!

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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.…

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Be Afraid! GOP Screams Green New Deal Will Ban Ice Cream

No, the Green New Deal will not ban ice cream, cheeseburgers, milkshakes, cars or air travel — as Republicans have ludicrously claimed over the past few days.

It’s absurd that even needs to be said. However, in an effort to turn public opinion against the ambitious piece of legislation a pair of Democrats introduced last week to try and combat climate change, Republicans have been spewing ridiculous lies about what the deal would do.

On Monday night at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, Trump falsely claimed the deal would “shut down a little thing called air travel.”

“How do you take a train to Europe?” Trump said, mocking the deal.…

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EPA Chief, Former Uranium Lobbyist, Eases Mining Standards

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Our nation’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is dominated by Trump appointees, is asking for suggestions about regulating a type of uranium mining after EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who once lobbied for a uranium miner, junked more stringent mining rules.

Mining uranium could pollute groundwater our western states might later need during droughts. The way to mine uranium most used today, in situ uranium recovery, pumps an oxygen-enriched solution into the ground to dissolve uranium deposits. More chemicals are used to remove the liquid uranium.

Mining companies are supposed to repair damage from uranium mining, but Thomas Borch, an environmental chemistry professor at Colorado State University, led a study that found uranium levels in water at a Wyoming well were more than 70 times higher after mining.…

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