Joe Manchin tears into Biden’s ‘disgusting and offensive’ claim he wants to shut down coal mines: Democrat Senator says this is the ‘reason American people are losing trust’ in the president
- West Virginia’s Democratic Senator condemned President for his Friday remarks
- Manchin accused Biden of changing his policy position to different audiences
- Biden ‘owes these incredible workers an immediate and public apology’ he said
- The president said Friday he wants to shut down coal plants for ‘wind and solar’
- Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden’s remarks had been ‘twisted’
- White House has ambitious climate goal to cut greenhouse emissions by 2030
- Biden is campaigning in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York this weekend
- He is trying to reverse projections showing the GOP taking control of Congress
West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has torn into President Joe Biden’s claim that he wants to shut down coal mines across the country to replace them with wind and solar plants,
The moderate called the remarks ‘outrageous and divorced from reality’ and said: ‘Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden’.
The cutting statement from Manchin on Saturday suggesting Biden changes his position ‘depending on the audience and politics of the day’ comes just three days before the midterms, with the Democrats trying to avoid heavy losses to Republicans.
‘Being cavalier about the loss of coal jobs for men and women in West Virginia and across the country who literally put their lives on the line to help and power this country is offensive and disgusting’, Manchin added.
‘The President owes these incredible workers an immediate and public apology and it is a time he learn a lesson that his words matter and have consequences.’
Biden’s comments that sparked Manchin’s furious response came on Friday during an event in Carlsbad, California, in his final bid to pull voters to the Democrats in Tuesday’s election.
The White House released a statement on Saturday saying his Biden’s remark had been ‘twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended’. ‘He regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense.’ it added.
West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has torn into President Joe Biden’s claim that he wants to shut down coal plants across the country
Biden’s comments that sparked Manchin’s furious response came on Friday during an event in Carlsbad, California
He discussed his climate policies that are part of his administration’s ambitious plans to cut greenhouse emissions by 2030.
‘I was in Massachusetts about a month ago on the site of the largest old coal plant in America,’ Biden said.
‘Guess what? It cost them too much money. They can’t count. No one is building new coal plants because they can’t rely on it. Even if they have all the coal guaranteed for the rest of the existence of the plant.
‘So it’s going to become a wind generation. And all they’re doing is it’s going to save them a hell of a lot of money and using the same transmission line that they transmitted the coal-fired electric on, we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power, also providing tax credits to help families buy energy efficient appliances, whether it’s your refrigerator or your coffee maker, for solar panels on your home, weatherize your home, things that save an average, experts say, a minimum of $500 a year for the average family.’
The Republican National Committee criticized the comments and said: ‘Joe Biden celebrates coal plant workers losing their jobs’.
Biden added that it is ‘cheaper to generate electricity from wind and solar than it is from coal and oil.’
‘Literally cheaper,’ the president said. ‘Not a joke.’
A report from the Department of Energy in June found 29,271 people had lost their jobs in the fossil fuels sector in 2021.
Manchin is a coal advocate and around 11,000 residents of West Virginia work in the coal industry.
He struck a deal with Biden earlier this year to push through the Inflation Reduction Act, which was stacked with climate initiatives.
Manchin and his Democratic colleague Kyrsten Sinema are moderates in the Senate who have presented roadblocks to Biden’s agenda.
Manchin’s statement on Biden’s ‘disgusting’ coal plant remarks and the White House response
Senator Joe Manchin’s statement:
President Biden’s comments are not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs.
Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden and instead believes he does not understand the need to have an all in energy policy that would keep our nation totally energy independent and secure.
It seems his positions change depending on the audience and the politics of the day. Politicizing our nation’s energy policies would only bring higher prices and more pain for the American people.
Let me be clear, this is something the President has never said to me. Being cavalier about the loss of coal jobs for men and women in West Virginia and across the country who literally put their lives on the line to help build and power this country is offensive and disgusting.
The President owes these incredible workers an immediate and public apology and it is time he learn a lesson that his words matter and have consequences.
The White House response by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre:
President Biden knows that the men and women of coal country built this nation: they powered its steel mills and factories, kept its homes and schools and offices warm.
They made this the most productive and powerful nation on Earth. He came to the White House to end years of big words but little action to help the coal-producing parts of our country.
Working closely with Senator Manchin, a tireless advocate for his state and the hard-working men and women who live there, President Biden has helped get this part of the country back to work: the unemployment rate in West Virginia was 6.2 per cent the last month before Joe Biden took office; now it is down to 4 per cent.
The President’s plans are already bringing new energy and manufacturing jobs to the region, and in the years ahead, will continue to create new jobs with projects like hydrogen energy generation.
In fact, through the Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities, President Biden has already delivered more than $23 billion to energy communities across the country.
The President’s remarks yesterday have been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended; he regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense.
The President was commenting on a fact of economics and technology: as it has been from its earliest days as an energy superpower, America is once again in the midst of an energy transition. Our goal as a nation is to combat climate change and increase our energy security by producing clean and efficient American energy. Under President Biden, oil and natural gas production has increased, and we are on track to hit the highest production in our country’s history next year.
He is determined to make sure that this transition helps all Americans in all parts of the country, with more jobs and better opportunities; it’s a commitment he has advanced since Day One. No one will be left behind.
Biden hands the pen he used to sign the Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill to Manchin in August at the White House
On Thursday, Manchin gave his midterms pitch by imploring Congress to deal with the nation’s ‘crippling debt’ by reforming Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and other programs he claims are ‘going bankrupt.’
He told a Fortune CEO conference he would like the next Congress to work on bipartisan entitlement reform to fix the programs that are facing ‘tremendous problems.’
‘We cannot live with this crippling debt,’ Manchin griped, per Bloomberg. ‘If we can’t come to grips of how we face the financial challenges this country has, then we’re all going to be paying a price that we can’t afford.’
Manchin’s fired the shot at Biden during his final stretch midterms campaigning.
He will be stumping for candidates in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York to try and reverse the projections that show Republicans taking control of Congress.
On Friday night he said he was confident the Democrats could hold the Senate and there was a ‘chance’ of maintaining the House.