Coal and nuclear power are struggling in America as the natural gas boom — as well as an increase in more rapidly renewable sources of energy — is shifting focus away from them. President Trump plans to put a stop to that.
Why? Because the president believes that fueling our country with a big mix of power sources is vital for national security, especially if booms turn into busts or power plants get destroyed, according to Politico.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emphasized that America’s power grid is the most “reliable, dependable, and diversified” in the world and letting coal and nuclear fall out of the picture would make it vulnerable, according to a transcript of the White House press briefing.
She added that relying on energy that America produces, rather than purchases from abroad, “protects our national security, public safety, and economy from intentional attacks and natural disasters.”
“Unfortunately, impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix, and impacting the resilience of our power grid,” Sanders continued.
That’s why Trump has ordered Secretary of Energy Rick Perry — the former governor of power grid independent Texas — to give him some ideas on how to keep America’s nuclear and coal power plants strong and up-and-running.
While declining, coal power is still the second-leading source of energy in the U.S., according to CNBC. Non-hydroelectric renewables like solar, wind, and biomass; hydroelectric dams; nuclear power plants; petroleum power plants; and other sources of electricity are next, respectively.