Joe Manchin Blasts Biden Over Coal Comments


Washington
CNN

Senator Joe Manchin on Saturday attacked President Joe Biden after he called for the shutdown of coal plants across the US, calling Biden’s comments “disgusting and out of touch with reality” and suggesting it was “time to learn a lesson”.

During a stop in Carlsbad, Calif., on Friday, while talking about CHIPS and the Science Act, Biden said, “We’re going to shut down these power plants across America, and we’re also offering tax credits for wind and solar to help families buy energy-efficient electrical appliances”.

Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat with long-standing ties to the coal industry, blasted the comments at a rally on Saturday, calling them “not only out of touch with reality, but also ignoring the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of the boom.” energy costs”.

“Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing confidence in President Biden and instead believe that he doesn’t understand the need to have a comprehensive energy policy that would keep our nation fully energy independent and secure. His positions seem to change depending on the audience and the politics of the day. Politicizing our nation’s energy policies would mean higher prices and more pain for the American people,” Manchin continued.

It is not uncommon for Manchin, a moderate Democrat, to have refused to say whether Biden deserves a second term, to criticize Biden’s agenda, and at times his reluctance to support Democratic initiatives has prevented the president from achieving some of his legislative goals. . But Saturday’s statement is an extraordinary rebuke of his own party leader by a US senator, and serves to illustrate the tension between the centrist and more progressive wings of the Democratic Party.

Manchin, a senator from a deep red state who is up for re-election in 2024, sought to distance himself from Biden in his statement: “Let me be clear, this is something the president has never told me.”

“To dwell on the loss of the coal jobs of the 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 public apology and it’s time his words mattered. that they have and that they have consequences,” Manchin concluded.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.