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Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin Warns of Climate Mandates

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Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin Warns of Climate Mandates


Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a moderate Democrat in an evenly divided Senate, is warning his progressive colleagues against climate mandates. Instead, he is advocating for innovation and respect for workers who make their living from fossil fuels. “You cannot eliminate your way to a cleaner environment. You can innovate your way. That is the difference in some people’s aspirational goals,” Manchin told the Washington Examiner in an interview. Manchin, a third-term Senator from the coal state of West Virginia, has just been promoted from ranking member to the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and his leadership will help shape the Biden administration’s climate change policies. Biden has embraced the Green New Deal pushed by the progressive arm of the party and said his administration will follow its framework to “ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.” In addition, …

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