Manchin rebukes Biden’s green energy plan as ‘outrageous’ and ‘divorced from reality’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) just slammed President Joe Biden’s plan to shut down all coal plants as “outrageous and divorced from reality,” according to Fox News. 

The senator’s criticism followed remarks that Biden made on Friday during an event that was held in Carlsbad, California. There, the president stated that he is looking to replace coal with green alternatives.

Biden said:

I was in Massachusetts about a month ago on the site of the largest old coal plant in America. 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.

At this point, Biden revealed his plan, saying, “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.”

Manchin’s response

West Virginia, of course, has close ties to the coal industry. And so, it wasn’t unexpected when Manchin came out firing at Biden on Saturday.

Manchin said:

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.

Manchin went on to even call for Biden to apologize to coal workers.

“The President owes these incredible workers an immediate and public apology and it is time he learns a lesson that his words matter and have consequences,” Manchin said.

The White House seeks cover

Biden has not apologized, but the White House has decided to try to walk back the comments that he made, in which he essentially called for an end to the coal industry.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said:

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.

Jean-Pierre went on to insist that “no one will be left behind” as the Biden administration seeks to transition to green energy.

“[Biden] is determined to make sure that this transition helps all Americans in all parts of the country, with more jobs and better opportunities,” Jean-Pierre said. “It’s a commitment he has advanced since Day One. No one will be left behind.”

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