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How Trump did the impossible: Got solar, oil lobbyists to unite

Ari Natter and Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Bloomberg News on

Published in Political News

On Nov. 30, the Heritage Foundation hosted an energy and climate forum that featured coal-magnate Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., who called Perry's coal plan the most important thing that's been done for the power grid in 60 years.

"I met privately with President Trump on that three times," he said. "We must stop these closings of these power plants."

A few hours before Murray spoke, Heritage held a separate public event meant to highlight skepticism of Perry's grid plan, complete with a critic from the free-market Institute for Energy Research.

"The actual subsidy structure of the proposed rule is simply unacceptable," Kenny Stein, a policy director at the institute, said at the event. "Ultimately, the answer to government distortions can't be to introduce new distortions that just favor different companies."

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