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'Bomb cyclone' pours cold water on argument for coal

The northeastern US electricity grid has responded with little disruption, and without any need to rev up coal plants

According to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, only coal and nuclear power plants were reliable enough because they could keep 90 days' fuel supply on site. But the ongoing cold snap has proven him wrong.


THE cold weather and swirling winds gripping the northeastern United States have created the sort of winter scenario that Energy Secretary Rick Perry has cited as a reason to bolster the reliability of the grid by boosting coal and nuclear power plants. Mr Perry said that only...