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Trump’s FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of Coal Bailout

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:08 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump tapped Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee to join the nation’s top energy regulator, potentially smoothing the path for a bailout of money-losing coal and nuclear plants.

If confirmed, McNamee would fill a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently vacated by Robert Powelson, the panel’s most outspoken Republican critic of the administration’s bid to throw a lifeline to the coal industry. Currently FERC is divided by two Democratic and two Republican members.

McNamee—who directs the Energy Department’s Office of Policy—is widely regarded as being more amenable to the administration’s efforts than his ...