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Dem Senator Wants to Put Every Coal Plant Into a Museum

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) seemed to echo Hillary Clinton’s controversial comments on coal.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said on Tuesday that every coal plant should be put into a museum by 2050. Merkley’s comment seemed to echo Hillary Clinton’s failed talking points on coal from the 2016 presidential election.

“We also need to invest by transforming our energy economy over the next three decades,” Merkley said during a panel discussion at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Ideas Conference on Tuesday. “Let’s take and put every coal electricity-generating plant into a museum by the year 2050,” Merkley added, to applause.

Merkley’s comments mimicked those Hillary Clinton made during the 2016 presidential campaign, when Clinton said she would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” if elected president.

Clinton ended up failing to win the America’s Rust Belt in 2016, costing her the election. Political pundits have pointed to Clinton’s comments on coal as one reason why she lost these crucial states.

It would appear from Merkley’s comments that Democrats haven’t learned any lessons from the 2016 presidential campaign.