Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) suggested that some proponents of climate-change action are going through their own denials — thinking that there’s really a viable alternative for replacing fossil fuels.
“We still depend on coal. We can do it better. We have done it better, cleaned up the atmosphere and the climate more in the last two decades than ever before. We can even do more if the government will work with us,” Manchin told Fox. “They need what we have. We want to produce and provide what they have. And with that being said, we should be working together.”
Manchin stressed that he wants Senate votes on energy issues such as the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and support of coal-mining areas.
“I said, Harry, I came here to vote. I’m OK. I can take any tough vote. I can explain myself. I can go home and look every West Virginian in the eye and tell them, with the facts I had in front of me, this is what I voted for that would help our country and our state. I can do that,” he said of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
“And I’m asking him to open that process up.” …
“Reliability is the name of the game, reliability, affordability, what we can provide in this country to keep us competitive. And it’s going to take everything. I don’t want to be reliant on foreign oil anymore.”