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AFP Urges White House to Abandon Misguided Plan to Prop Up Coal and Nuclear Plants with Taxpayer Subsidies

Jun 8, 2018 by AFP

Arlington, VA – Following news reports Tuesday that President Trump instructed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to prevent closures of nuclear and coal power facilities through the use of subsidies and mandates, Americans for Prosperity sharply criticized the proposal calling the action an unprecedented government intervention in electricity markets.

AFP urged the administration to work with federal and state regulators to eliminate distortions and find market solutions that promote greater competition and choice for consumers while at the same time enhance the resiliency of the nation’s energy grid.

AFP Policy Manager Mary Kate Hopkins issued the following statement:

“For far too long, special interests have come to Washington hoping to receive from the Government what they fail to obtain from the market. When government protects favored industries with subsidies and mandates, it perpetuates the two-teared society that benefits special interests at the expense of the less fortunate.”

“To think this new wave of subsidies is going to make up for past mistakes propping up uncompetitive industries is misguided and would negatively impact consumers and business with higher energy rates. Instead of issuing a new wave of subsidies, the White House should work with Congress and regulators to eliminate all subsidies and distortions that promote unfair competition and pick winners and losers in electricity markets.”

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