UPDATED 6:47 AM PT – Tuesday, February 12, 2019
President Trump is urging an agency in Kentucky to consider “all factors” when deciding whether to close a coal plant.
In a tweet Monday, the president stressed coal is an important part of our electricity generation mix.
Coal is an important part of our electricity generation mix and @TVAnews should give serious consideration to all factors before voting to close viable power plants, like Paradise #3 in Kentucky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019
His comment comes ahead of a vote by a federally-owned corporation called the Tennessee Valley Authority. The company provides power to around 10 million people across seven states.
The agency is considering closing the plant in the town of Paradise, which would be the third and final closure in the area. This has prompted residents in the area to protest the potential closure as well as the state’s Senator Mitch McConnell, who spoke in support of the plant.
Kentuckians strongly oppose moving away from #coal, and I would hope that the @TVAnews listens to our voices…In Paradise, the last remaining coal unit is too important to shutter, especially for the hundreds of jobs it supports: pic.twitter.com/9Np6gZpwPd
— Sen. McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) February 11, 2019
MConnell joined his colleague Senator Rand Paul and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin in voicing support for the plant. The vote by the agency is scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2019.