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In Trump’s power moves, it’s coal first, nuclear power second

President Donald Trump shakes hands with coal miners prior to signing a measure into law repealing a regulation affecting coal in 2017. Photo: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

President Trump is asking his administration to bolster economically struggling coal and nuclear power plants — but the concerns over coal are really driving decisions.

Between the lines: Trump has focused most of his rhetoric — both as a candidate and as president — on helping revive coal, which is facing competition from cheap, cleaner-burning natural gas. Trump has denounced what he calls then-President Obama’s war on coal and ordered his Environmental Protection Agency to repeal several Obama-era rules that hurt coal.