Trump Appointees Short-Circuited Grid Modernization to Help the Coal Industry

A National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study that demonstrated how a modernized American power grid could accelerate the growth of wind and solar energy and reduce reliance on coal was suppressed by Trump appointees in order to help the coal industry, according to FIJ grantee Peter Fairley’s report for InvestigateWest, also published in The Atlantic.

The study, as Fairley reports, was politically dangerous territory for a federally funded lab while coal-industry advocates — and climate change deniers — reign at the White House.