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Trump striking out on coal and nuclear energy

Illustration of President Trump holding a baseball bat with a nuclear reactor symbol sailing by
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump is coming up empty handed on his promises to bolster America’s ailing coal and nuclear power industries.

The big picture: For a president who has aggressively pushed the legal and political boundaries to make good on policy priorities, particularly immigration, the lack of action in this area is striking two years into Trump’s administration.

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Inside John Kerry’s shadow diplomacy on climate change

John Kerry plugging a smokestack with his finger
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking publicly for the first time about a new chapter in his half-century history with Vietnam: an initiative aiming to get the country off coal-fired power.

Driving the news: In an exclusive interview with Axios last week, Kerry laid out the broad parameters of a proposal he says would enable the nation to get off coal by financing renewables — and become a model for the rest of Asia, which is heavily dependent on coal.