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U.S. President Donald Trump has picked Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee, a proponent of his administration’s plan to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants, to join the nation’s top energy regulator.

If confirmed, McNamee would fill a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently vacated by Robert Powelson, the panel’s most outspoken Republican critic of the administration’s bid to throw a lifeline to the coal industry.

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