Dem compares believing in coal comeback to believing in Easter Bunny
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Thursday compared the Trump administration's push for a resurgence in the coal industry to belief in the Easter Bunny. 

"If you believe in the Easter Bunny, 35mm film & typewriters, then you will also believe coal can come back," Lieu tweeted with a link to an article on Democrats opposing Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Regulators say Perry plan didn’t pass legal muster | Chamber to push for 25-cent gas tax hike | Energy expert sees US becoming 'undisputed leader' in oil, gas Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Energy regulators: Perry’s coal plan wasn’t legally defensible MORE's plan to reward coal and nuclear power plants for contributing to the U.S. energy grid.


Perry defended the plan to a House energy subcommittee, claiming that coal and nuclear energy are more reliable than renewable sources such as wind and solar power. 

Democrats on the panel slammed the proposal, saying the administration was making the claim that the energy grid faces reliability issues as an excuse to compensate coal and nuclear plants. 

Lieu is a vocal advocate for environmental causes, with his first bill in Congress aimed at investing in sustainable energy technologies and decreasing carbon emissions.

The Trump administration has put an emphasis on the coal and nuclear power industries, with President Trump pitching himself on the campaign trail as a champion for coal workers.