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A Christmas Day snowstorm creates whiteout conditions in Boston. Photo: Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe via Getty Images

With a winter storm barreling down the East Coast, representatives from almost every type of energy source are seizing the opportunity to tout how superior their fuel is to America's electricity supply.

The bottom line: It's a classic, ugly political move: Never let a crisis go to waste. Millions of Americans hunkering down to weather a winter storm are worried about if their electricity goes out, not what particular energy is actually fueling their electricity. It's a simple point lost amid the lobbying and messaging battles that so often dominate Washington.

Driving the news: This winter storm is adding fuel to an escalating fight. Advocacy groups representing different fuel types are battling it out ahead of a Jan. 10 deadline facing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent government agency, to decide what to do with an Energy Department proposal compensating coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to store fuel on site, which most other electricity types can't do. That rule's stated aim is to ensure a resilient electric grid, but the department's own data shows fuel diversity isn't the main problem, it's things like power lines going down during bad weather (including the winter storm hitting the East Coast).

Gritty details:

  • A spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute emailed reporters Tuesday noting high prices of natural gas in the Northeast and that all 99 U.S. nuclear reactors are running, which is "an incredible but unsurprising testament to nuclear's reliability and its contribution to a system resiliency."
  • On Wednesday, the National Mining Association that represent coal companies published a blog post saying this most recent spat of cold weather "was just the exclamation point to an otherwise good year for coal if not for its detractors."
  • A wind group spokesman told Bloomberg the grid can better handle severe weather "thanks to an increasingly diverse electricity supply featuring more wind energy production."

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FTC releases findings on how Big Tech eats little tech

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Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan signaled changes are on the way in how the agency scrutinizes acquisitions after revealing the results of a study of a decade's worth of Big Tech company deals that weren't reported to the agency.

Why it matters: Tech's business ecosystem is built on giant companies buying up small startups, but the message from the antitrust agency this week could chill mergers and acquisitions in the sector.

First look: Biden's economic case for green cards

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The White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) is promoting the economic benefits and costs of providing green cards to millions of unauthorized immigrants in a blogpost being released on Friday, according to a draft provided to Axios.

Why it matters: The post comes as the fate of millions of immigrants, including those with Temporary Protected Status or DACA protections, rests with Congress — and the Senate parliamentarian.

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Facebook's social balance is in the red

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Facebook is essential to our lives. Facebook is ruining our lives. Holding both these truths at once will make your head hurt.

While covering the Olympics in Tokyo, I spent a ton of time on Facebook. Each day, during several hourlong bus rides, I would see who was online in Messenger and share photos and stories there with family and friends. I also posted frequently on my news feed.