by Bentham Paulos
June 15, 2017

The controversial grid study currently underway at the behest of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry repeats a familiar talking point of the coal industry: that the decline in coal is reducing diversity.

In his memo requesting the study, Perry states that experts have “highlighted the diminishing diversity of our nation’s electric generation mix, and what that could mean for baseload power and grid resilience.”

This is echoed by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Utility companies across this country need fuel diversity,” he told Fox TV. “You...