Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday to slam President Barack Obama for supposedly declaring “war on America” by calling for regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by coal plants.
Obama actually made very little mention of the coal industry in his energy speech yesterday except for promising to cut taxpayer funding for coal plants overseas unless the coal industry uses "carbon-capture technologies," reports the Wall Street Journal.
"Today, I’m calling for an end of public financing for new coal plants overseas, unless they deploy carbon-capture technologies, or there’s no other viable way for the poorest countries to generate electricity," Obama said. "I urge other countries to join this effort." (video below)
According to CNN, "the Obama administration created regulations for newly built coal plants during the president's first term. On Tuesday, he issued directives requiring the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for plants that are already active ... the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a large environmental action group, estimates it would cost $4 billion to comply with new regulations on coal power plants, but the economy would see anywhere from $25 to $60 billion in benefits."
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However, Manchin claimed that Obama plans to reduce emissions was actually a “war on jobs" and "war on West Virginia" and “war on America,” noted RawStory.com.
“Eight billion tons of coal is being burned it the world as we speak," Manchin said. "The United States of American consumes about 1 billion tons. Now, what’s going to happen to the over 7 billion tons? What’s going to happen to the countries who are consuming and using 7 billion and it’s increasing rapidly?”
He added: “It’s just ridiculous. I should not have to be setting here as a U.S. senator, fighting my own president and fighting my own government. That’s ridiculous. I want to work with them, I’ve reached out. I will continue to reach out, but I need a partner here. I don’t need an adversary. I need a partner and an advocate."
Source: Wall Street Journal, CNN, RawStory.com