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Trump’s EPA Pick Backed $500 Million Coal Upgrade Over Wind, Gas

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has deep industry ties
  • He has sued the agency he would lead more than a dozen times
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QuickTake: Trump Aims to Brighten Coal’s Future

Oklahoma is home to an embarrassment of energy riches. It extracts more natural gas each year than 47 other states, it ranks fourth in wind power and it’s the fifth-biggest oil producer. One fuel not in abundance is coal.

So when Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co., sought to extend the life of its 37-year-old Sooner coal plant by spending $500 million on pollution scrubbers, ratepayers scoffed and regulators rejected the idea. But the utility garnered one important ally: Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who successfully intervened on its behalf.