A plan to have Ohio taxpayers bail out the state’s two struggling nuclear power plants was a non-starter in the legislature just a few months ago. Now, it’s a high priority. What happened? New state lawmakers, many of whom owe their elections in large part to a powerful backer with a vested interest in fossil fuels and nuclear power. FirstEnergy, the Akron-based utility that long owned the Ohio nuclear plants, spent heavily in Republican legislative primaries. The company and its allies backed the winners in enough races to get its preferred candidates into top positions.
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