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Trump appointees reject White House plan to aid coal

The Trump government's plan to bail out US coal has fallen apart after he failed to gain support from even his own regulators, as well as faced opposition from the energy industry.

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The Trump administration's plan to bail out America's coal country has crumbled after facing opposition from much of the energy industry and failing to gain support from its own regulators.

In an order Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's sweeping proposal to subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants in the name of keeping power grids dependable. Instead, the commission asked grid operators to suggest their own ideas to make the system more resilient.

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