President Trump discussed invoking a Cold War-era law to boost the profits of coal companies in West Virginia.
The Defense Production Act was enacted Sept. 8, 1950 at the start of the Korean War. It is designed to support U.S. civil defense and war mobilization efforts.
Senator Joe Manchin has urged the President to invoke the act to protect the nation’s power grid.
“Our electric grid system is not stable. If it can be down or you have rolling brown outs or black outs and we know that is possible. If you don’t have base load that means something, some type of energy that will run 24/7, rain, shine, no matter what happens is uninterruptible. The only two things you have that does that on a uninterruptible basis is coal and nuclear,” Manchin said.
This plan would mandate that electricity distributors buy enough power from certain facilities to make sure that those facilities can remain open.