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And in his withdrawal letter Mr. Binz also seemed to confirm he would have relished taking on that fight.

“Although the FERC does not have a direct role in climate issues, its policies are essential components that allow other policies to work,” Mr. Binz wrote. “Our nation’s move toward clean energy resources will be much slower without a strong commitment at the FERC to enhance investment in energy infrastructure and to ensure that clean energy resources have full access to electricity markets.”