Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, April 16, 2018

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry expressed his willingness to help coal and nuclear plants out with an emergency order similar to one requested by energy firm FirstEnergy earlier this month. Two weeks ago, FirstEnergy asked the Department of Energy (DOE) to invoke Section 202(c), which allows the department to order certain US power plants to keep running during wartime or during a natural disaster. The energy firm then filed for bankruptcy a few days later. There has been skepticism within the DOE that Section 202(c) should be used for any purpose other than a disaster. But at Thursday's hearing, Perry seemed to play up the dire state of the American grid throughout his comments in front of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy, where he took questions from representatives about the Trump administration's budget request for 2019.

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Money is available in endless supply for the 1%.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-04-16 10:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

See, Republicans love Socialism too!

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-16 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Corporate Welfare Good!

Social Welfare Bad!

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-16 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

**** coal. But I'm down with nuclear. Let's litter the midwest and south with plants and make those flyovers useful for something finally.

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-04-16 01:33 PM | Reply

The market simply can't support Coal and Nuclear plants anymore. They already get subsidies. But solar and wind are just becoming too cheap as technology continues to advance.

Thankfully we are letting the Chinese do all the investing in R&D there so we can beg them to sell it to us later at astronomical prices. Thanks Republicans!

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-16 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

They make bribes, excuse me, I mean campaign contributions. So they'll get subsidies. That's how rich people get richer.

#6 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-04-16 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, I paid $27 (twice) but only got a $1.50 back.

I obviously make terrible deals... that is why I am not rich.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-16 02:35 PM | Reply

Only in liberal fantasyland are the Chinese harvesting "too cheap" solar and wind energy while capitalists insist on paying top dollar.

#8 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2018-04-16 03:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Only in liberal fantasyland are the Chinese harvesting "too cheap" solar and wind energy while capitalists insist on paying top dollar.

#8 | POSTED BY DIXVILLENOTCH

Actually, no. That's literally what is going on right now. The Chinese government is investing heavily in it. The American Government is putting up as many roadblocks as it can to protect coal, oil, and nuclear.

Welcome back to the REAL world. You might recognize it more if you turned off Fox occasionally.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-16 03:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

"But at Thursday's hearing, Perry seemed to play up the dire state of the American grid"

I have this strange feeling he wasn't referring to the parts of the American power grid that are in Puerto Rico...

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-16 03:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Did you hear a tree fell on a new line in PR and knocked out much of their power? Didn't know that?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-16 05:21 PM | Reply

China is building a coal powered plant a week because it's cheaper than 'too cheap.'

That's some really cheap power!

Mission accomplished.

#12 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2018-04-16 05:25 PM | Reply

You might recognize it more if you turned off Fox occasionally.
#9 | Posted by Sycophant

Maybe that's all Dix and Snippy can get in Moscow. Be nice to them. They've got a tough boss.

#13 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2018-04-16 05:56 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by DixvilleNotch

Much like Rick Perry, you're a moron.

#14 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-04-16 06:00 PM | Reply

I got a Moscow zinger. Waiting for an 'orange' or 'cheeto' sighting so I can say:

Mission accomplished.

#15 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2018-04-16 07:16 PM | Reply

Bailing out coal is one of the thing Trump supporters voted for him to do. While he's at it, perhaps he'll also bail out the companies that make rotary telephones.

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-04-16 07:25 PM | Reply

On the one hand, this would be a woefully backward facing act, but on the other hand, no one should be surprised.

On many topics (energy generation being among them) these many disappointments lead to one being inuerd to retrograde policies from the US.

China (among others) should thank the US for it's abdication of leadership in this area.

#17 | Posted by worldasifindit at 2018-04-16 07:53 PM | Reply

We would be better off to just give the owners of coal mines and nuclear power plants bribes to not mine or build those nuclear facilities. Our costs would end up being less in the long run. I'll bet you the Japanese wished they had paid the owners of the Fukushima power plant not to build it.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-17 12:20 PM | Reply

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