West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin called President Biden’s “infrastructure” bill a “golden opportunity” Thursday but warned that a green economy cannot be achieved by eliminating the state’s oldest energy product – coal.
“We have a golden opportunity now with the new infrastructure bill,” Manchin told reporters. “That energy is going to play such an important part and…how we can lead in the world.”
“I have said this before, you cannot eliminate your way to a cleaner climate, you can innovate your way, but not eliminate your way,” he added.
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Manchin met with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm Thursday to address how his state will fit into Biden’s roughly $2 trillion plan to revamp the U.S. energy sector.
Biden has pushed Republicans on the Hill to tackle climate change, invest in U.S. infrastructure and boost American jobs in his historically expensive package, but GOP lawmakers have refused to agree to what they believe is a bloated deal.
The president’s infrastructure package is a critical step in achieving his goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in ha
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