Key Backer of Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Effort is Nominated to FERC

By [email protected] President Donald Trump has nominated Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), seeking to put a chief proponent of the Energy Department’s coal and nuclear bailout efforts on the same commission that has unanimously rejected these efforts over the past year.

Environmental groups were quick to decry McNamee’s choice to replace outgoing commissioner Ron Powelson, a Republican who nonetheless voted last year with the rest of the commission to deny Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for FERC to use its authority to create out-of-market payments for coal and nuclear power plants.

McNamee, by contrast, worked on this proposal

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