Manchin Rails Against Inflation, Continues to Push Fossil Fuels
Friday, April 15, 2022
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., railed this week against rising inflation, and is pushing for the use of fossil fuels to combat rising gas and energy prices triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Manchin has continually opposed President Biden's $2 trillion spending package, which includes a series of actions to tackle the climate crisis. However, environmental groups say West Virginians stand to gain from investments in clean energy.
Morgan King, climate campaign coordinator for the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, said as lawmakers in Washington gear up for new negotiations on federal economic and climate policy, they should embrace climate solutions.
"It's economical for us," King asserted. "The prices of wind energy, solar energy, batteries, have dropped significantly in the past 10-12 years, and the report details this. It's actually going to be more expensive to try to maintain sources of energy that are more pollutive, like fossil fuels, like coal."
A new Gallup poll found more than 89% of Americans support using federal funds for residential clean-energy tax credits, and 59% for building electric vehicle-charging stations.
While inflation has strained pocketbooks, King pointed out many West Virginians have felt financial stress from the impacts of climate change.
"We are feeling it here in West Virginia, with more frequent and intense flooding, with drought that affects farmers," King outlined. "These are impacts that are going to have economic costs and human costs to people, actual people."
According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoiding environmental disaster will be beyond reach unless countries take action immediately to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.
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