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Editorial: Trump bailout plan is ‘absurd’

The Columbus Dispatch:

President Donald Trump’s desire to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it.

Coal is losing its place to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. It is dirty and dangerous not only in the burning, but in the extraction. Nuclear energy has the potential to be extremely clean, but trying to make it safe renders it prohibitively expensive.

The loss of coal-related jobs unquestionably has been painful for coal regions, and their anxiety is justified. Trump has exploited that anxiety and anger, winning support by making promises that are bad for the country and most likely can’t be delivered anyway.

Those realities aren’t going to change; the only thing a coal bailout can accomplish, besides lining the pockets of wealthy coal owners, is saving a small number of jobs for a short time. It would do nothing to help develop jobs in alternative energy, tourism or other fields in which coal regions could build better futures.

And it would come at the cost of leveling more mountaintops, fouling more streams and making more Americans sick.

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