ARCHIVE: President Donald Trump turns to talk to the gathered media. (ABC news)

U.S. power grid regulators told Congress that they see no immediate national security emergency to justify propping up coal and nuclear power plants with a government order.

Trump had directed his energy secretary Rick Perry to take emergency steps to keep at-risk coal and nuclear plants running.

His administration was trying to require grid operators to buy power from uneconomical coal and nuclear power plants.

However, all five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) panel indicated there was no emergency in the country’s electricity markets, potentially undermining these efforts,

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