West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin rejected the way his party has approached climate change and China amid the gridlock over President Biden’s Build Back Better spending plan.
“Well, let me tell you the things that we can agree on,” Manchin explained on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Thursday when pressed about his hesitancy to sign off on the Democrats‘ massive spending plan being debated in the Senate. “That we have agreed on. Child care, we agreed on child care. We’ve agreed on pre-K three and four. We agreed on in-home services. We agree basically on the climate bill that basically uses technology not just eliminating certain fuels, but technology to use them cleaner so the world will use them cleaner because the world is using more fossil than ever before.”
Manchin then turned the conversation to China explaining that the country has 3,000 coal fire plants compared to 500 in the United States.
“My environmental friends will make you believe…that the 500 are polluting the whole world,” Manchin said. “They’re just not being accurate.”
Manchin’s pushback against the environmental wing in his party comes the day after he spoke to Fox News’ Bret Baier on “Special Report,” called for more drilling, and disagreed with President Biden blaming OPEC for the high gas prices plaguing the nation.
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“I say that we can basically do more for ourself,” Manchin said. “We’ve been energy independent for the first time in 67 years. Why can’t we do more? Why can’t we produce more? We’ve got plenty of natural gas. My state beautiful state of West Virginia has an ocean of natural gas under it. If they will just let us build a pipeline we can get the product to market.”
Manchin added, “And why don’t we do more drilling and why don’t we do more basically production in the United States? I’m not depending on OPEC. I’m not depending on other countries for my energy anymore. We know how to do it. We have the technology. We should be relying on ourselves.”
Baier asked Manchin, “So is the president wrong on that?”
“I have a difference of opinion,” Manchin answered.