The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel began last night at sundown.
Before President Trump took office, coal plants were near the end of their lives; coal-mining was vanishing; coal-fired electricity was going the way of the steam locomotive; and coal for home heating was disappearing like the manual typewriter. But the president promised to return the use of coal. And severe restrictions were lifted last year.
Few saw it then, but today, coal-fired power plants are king again as sub-zero temperatures sent demand for heating and electricity soaring on the East Coast, the largest energy market in the nation.
Coal outpaced both natural gas and nuclear power plants in the region which extends from the Midwest to the District of Columbia.
The Trump Administration is soon to provide an incentive that is market-based to ensure coal plants are not pushed out of the market by natural gas. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the current cold snap underscores the need for the coal plant incentives. If it were not for coal, the grid would have failed during this critical time when natural gas supply was constrained, he said.
For those suffering under the severe “polar vortex” weather in the East and Midwest.
For wisdom for President Trump, Energy Secretary Perry, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and others as they deal with America’s energy needs and supply.