France shuttering nuclear power plant in push for green energy

FILE – In this Nov. 30 2006 file picture the nuclear plant in Fessenheim, eastern France, is photographed.(AP Photo/Winfried Rothermel, File)

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Reports this week detailed the planned closure of two reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear plant near the border between France and Germany. French citizens said the closure of the power plant will gut the region’s economy.

One reactor is slated to stop producing power Saturday, while the second will shut down at the end of June. The closures came as part of a policy to reduce the use of atomic power in a push for renewable energy.

FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, April 6, 2017, a sticker is photographed on a helmet of an employee of Fessenheim’s nuclear power plant opposing the closure, during a protest outside the EDF headquarters in Paris, France. (AP/Photo Michel Euler, FILE)

Fessenheim Mayor Claude Brender called the closure “a real heartbreak.”

“There is a very deep relationship between our area and the nuclear plant,” stated Brender. “The personnel who work here are fellow citizens, they are friends.”

14 of France’s 58 reactors are slated to be shut down by 2035. France paid 10 million euros to help in economic aid to the region and 400 million to the plant’s owner for the closure.

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NSC reassigns official to Energy Dept., Trump admin. dismisses rumors regarding op-ed

Photo via Victoria Coates official Twitter.

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A National Security Council official has been reassigned to another part of the administration after her loyalty was called into question. On Thursday, the NSC confirmed Victoria Coates will leave her post as deputy adviser and join the Energy Department.

This came after the White House dismissed rumors Coates was suspected of being the anonymous author behind an anti-Trump op-ed.

“White House leadership rejects rumors that have circulated recently and does not put any stock in the suggestion that Victoria Coates is the author of ‘Anonymous: A Warning’ or the related op-ed in the New York Times,” stated one senior official. “Dr. Coates’ transition to the Department of Energy has been in the works for several weeks, and reflects the continued trust and confidence the administration places in her as she takes on this sensitive role at the Department of Energy, where she will continue working to implement the president’s agenda.”

A report from Axios this week claimed the circumstances surrounding her removal were tied to her strained relationship with top NSC staff. It alleged others in the administration believed she was behind the New York Times piece and were pushing for her removal.

FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, the south side of the White House is pictured before President Donald Trump arrives. Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.” (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

The issue has since been addressed by the president.

“I know all about Anonymous, I know a lot about the leakers too,” he said. “When I want to get something out the press, I tell certain people and it gets out there.”

In the meantime, the NSC has announced Coates will begin her new role on Monday, where she will reportedly ensure the close alignment of national security and energy policy.

“We are enthusiastic about adding Dr. Coates to DOE, where her expertise on the Middle East and national security policy will be helpful,” stated Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette. “She will play an important role on our team.”

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Biden says ‘yes’ when asked about sacrificing blue-collar jobs for clean energy

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Former Vice Preisdent Joe Biden made clear at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate that he’d sacrifice economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production and potentially risk displacing hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in order to combat climate change.

Moderator Tim Alberta asked: "Three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production. As president, would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?”

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“The answer is yes,” the former vice president said.

But Biden — the front-runner in national polling in the Democratic nomination race — emphasized that “the opportunity for those workers to transition to high-paying jobs … is real.”

“We’re the only country in the world that’s taken great, great crises and turned them into enormous opportunities,” Biden added.

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The former vice president provided an example of how in moving to a green energy economy, new jobs would replace lost jobs.

“We shouldn’t build another new highway in America that doesn’t have charging stations on it. We have an opportunity to put 550,000 charging stations so that we own the electrical vehicle market, creating millions of jobs for people installing them, as well making sure that we own electric vehicle market,” Biden explained.

But he insisted that “we have to make sure we explain it to those people who are displaced that their skills are going to be needed for the new opportunities."

The pro-Republican America Rising PAC quickly picked up on Biden’s answer, comparing it to a line Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made during the 2016 debates with then GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“The Biden line sounds familiar, doesn't it?,” wrote America Rising Press Secretary Joe Gierut.

He then highlighted Clinton’s line from 2016 when she said “we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

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Biden — along with every other Democratic presidential contender — is calling for transforming the nation’s economy off fossil fuels and toward clean energy in order to dramatically lower carbon emissions. Their stances stand in sharp contrast with President Trump, a climate change skeptic who once called it a “hoax.” Trump emphasized earlier this year that America’s wealth is built on energy and that “I’m not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills.”

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