Mr. Trump hopes a reversal of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, capping greenhouse emissions of power plants, can revive domestic demand for coal. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oblige utilities to reward power plants that keep 90-day fuel supplies in storage with higher payments. Ostensibly designed to improve the reliability of the grid, the policy would in effect be a subsidy for coal burning.

The Trump administration has proposed an alliance of countries both rich in coal and dependent on the fossil fuel to promote coal burning.

At the same time, the administration says it will work to lift restrictions on lending for coal-burning plants in the developing world through the World Bank and other agencies.

Rising Coal Exports Give Short-Term Aid to an Ailing Industry

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