Charleston, W.Va. – Chris Hamilton, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association offers the following statement regarding U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s position on the Build Back Better Act:
“On behalf of West Virginia’s coal miners and our energy economy, I applaud U.S. Senator Joe Manchin for his decision to vote no on the Build Back Better Act should it come before the Senate in 2022.
In the face of incredible pressure, Senator Manchin remained true to his West Virginia values and the bedrock common sense we all share here in the Mountain State.
Make no mistake, the Build Back Better Act is an attempt by Senator Bernie Sanders, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional extremists to insert the ‘green new deal’ into an already bloated federal budget bill.
In defending his position, Senator Manchin said “If enacted, the bill will also risk the reliability of our electric grid and increase our dependence on foreign supply chains. We have invested billions of dollars into clean energy technologies so we can continue to lead the world in reducing emissions through innovation.” We couldn’t say it any better!
Senator Manchin’s position ensures that fossil energy will continue, at least for now, to provide energy independence and energy security for America, and significant economic value to West Virginia and our citizens.”
For additional information, contact Chris Hamilton at (304) 342-4153.