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Coal-Friendly Joe Manchin Named Top Democrat on Senate Energy Panel

by Axios | Updated on 12.12.18

Senate Democrats on Tuesday elevated West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin as the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee despite fierce opposition from liberals progressive groups over Manchin’s support and campaign contributions from coal and energy companies.

Why it matters: Liberals believe that Manchin is too close to the industries he will oversee and that he may impede the passage of future bold climate change proposals. Last week, he sought to diminish those concerns by voting against President Trump's choice for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the nominee's denial of climate change.


What they're saying: Manchin said in a statement that he’s “excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West Virginians in this new role.”

  • “The problems facing our country are serious, and I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find common-sense solutions for long-term comprehensive energy policy that incorporates an all-of-the-above strategy and ensures our state and our nation are leaders in the energy future,” he continued.

Anti-fossil-fuels group Oil Change USA said this is "the wrong choice at the wrong time for the Democrats. ... While climate impacts are getting ever more intense, and the science shows we must keep fossil fuels in the ground, Senator Manchin has enjoyed nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from oil, gas and coal interests in his career."

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  • Jann
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    12/12/2018
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    FOSSIL FUELS NEED TO GO!! And take the other fossils with you

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  • Karan
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    I’ll be honest. Disagree with Joe on policy but I respect him for standing against the Dems when it comes to killing American energy and raising energy prices. Goodluck Joe!

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  • Rob
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    When Donald was elected I realized his strategy was to funnel our anger towards a certain group of ppl. Same strategy worked in Germany. Mexicans/Chinese ppl are not the solution nor the cause of America’s problems. Please realize that the cause of *almost* all of our problems stem from people like this boi, and the people/companies that shove his pockets. Donald also fits the bill. As a rule, but without knowing them personally, the more incumbent your rep is, the more connections they have up top, the more money they’re paid by interests richer than you. Humor me: what if we replaced the senate with randomly elected representatives? https://www.ted.com/talks/brett_hennig_what_if_we_replaced_politicians_with_randomly_selected_people/up-next?language=en

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  • John
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    Joe is a Republican. He just doesn’t know it.

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  • Mark
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    Appointing a corporate Conservative Republican disguised as a Democrat to oversee energy, proves how the Democratic Party is influenced and financed by the fossil fuel industry as much as the Republican Party. I guess this means NO to a GREEN NEW DEAL tackling climate change.

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  • Jim2423
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    It will be a long time before we ever reach alternative fuel sources successfully to replace fossil fuels. You can wish in one hand, p-- p in the other and watch which one fills first.

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  • Kerry
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    Business as usual. Fox in charge of the henhouse.

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  • JTJ
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    If you Democrats are so concerned about fossil fuels, why don’t you just quit using them? Lead the way.

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  • Robert
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    Does nobody get it? COAL = NOT OUR PLANET’S FRIEND😱

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  • Anne
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    Twice Manchin has missed votes on key Democrat legislation because his personal life was more important. He has taken money from those involved in fossil fuels. I don’t think he understands the seriousness of our environmental situation to be placed in that position! What were Democrats thinking???

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  • John
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    Really? This is supposed to be a new voice for a green agenda.

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  • Hillary
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    Manchin is not a true democrat which is why he was elevated to this position. He is too selfish and stupid to realize that coal is dead. Time to start wooing alternative fuel companies to West Virginia to put those miners to work on sustainable energy. On a federal level he has zero business being in charge of anything.

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  • JamieD
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    Democrats, what on earth are you thinking? We just elected a House full of fresh, diverse faces echoing the change we wish to see in our country, and you go and pull more of the same. The time for bold action on climate change is now, and an “all of the above” approach from a senator who sits in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry is not the way forward. I hope he proves the critics wrong, but I won’t hold my breath. Shame on you.

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  • Lionman
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    I’m disappointed in this appointment. This position needs to focus on a balance, while renewable energy needs to be on the rise, fossil fuels need to be prepared to wane, but in a controlled manner, planned, ready to re-train workers to keep them employed and their skills sharp.

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  • Maribeth
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    Disastrous choice. In every connotation of the word "disastrous".

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  • Justin
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    Wow

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  • Catherine
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    We need to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels and focus our research and job resources on developing and improving and increasing the availability of renewable energy sources. Otherwise we are not going to have a planet to live on and that is going to happen way way before Trump and his space for streams to populate another planet. Someone take the TV remote from him and stop him from watching sci-fi

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  • Jared
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    How in holy hell does anyone still support coal as a source of energy?! This baffles me to no end, almost as much as the flat earth shenanigans, notice how we haven’t heard anything from the guy who built a rocket to prove the earth was flat?yea......stupid is as stupid does. Stop this now.

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  • collins1129
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    We need green advocates at the table.

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  • Sandra
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    I don't understand why he would be elected by Dems....he's really a Rep. in a blue coat.

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  • eireprof
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    We can de better, my fellow Dems. Green energy!

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