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May 15, 2014 - 7:48 am

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) suggested that some proponents of climate-change action are going through their own denials — thinking that there’s really a viable alternative for replacing fossil fuels.

“We still depend on coal. We can do it better. We have done it better, cleaned up the atmosphere and the climate more in the last two decades than ever before. We can even do more if the government will work with us,” Manchin told Fox. “They need what we have. We want to produce and provide what they have. And with that being said, we should be working together.”

Manchin stressed that he wants Senate votes on energy issues such as the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and support of coal-mining areas.

“I said, Harry, I came here to vote. I’m OK. I can take any tough vote. I can explain myself. I can go home and look every West Virginian in the eye and tell them, with the facts I had in front of me, this is what I voted for that would help our country and our state. I can do that,” he said of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

“And I’m asking him to open that process up. There’s other reasons behind the scene maybe we don’t know about. But him and Mitch need to get together and work and move forward, as leaders are supposed to do.”

Reid’s excuse, Manchin said, is that “it’s a moving target. He makes one deal, and they change to another deal.”

The West Virginia Dem then gave his opinion on climate change.

“I believe that seven billion human beings on Mother Earth here have affected the environment, and we’re responsible for that. With that being said, you got to find the balance. So, I’m not a denier,” said Manchin. “On the other hand, I ask my friends from really the far left, if they will, are you a denier? Are you denying that this country can continue to provide affordable, reliable energy without using fossil or coal or any of that?”

“It’s going to take all of us working together. So, deniers on both sides are wrong. And you don’t get anything accomplished by just pointing fingers and saying, this person is wrong, we can go along. If we go through another polar vortex that we went through this winter and they take off the fossil fuel basically reliability of 10,000 megawatts of power, we’re going to have people that possibility is — their life is in danger and many people will die.”

“We shouldn’t let that happen,” he continued. “Reliability is the name of the game, reliability, affordability, what we can provide in this country to keep us competitive. And it’s going to take everything. I don’t want to be reliant on foreign oil anymore. And we don’t need to be.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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". . . We can even do more if the government will work with us,” Manchin told Fox. “They need what we have. . . "

You haven't noticed? The White House doesn't need you or what you have. They don't care about people's electric bills.
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Almost there, Mike. Notice how the EnviroNuts are mostly all wealthy? The can afford high gas prices, high electric prices, fancy light bulbs and big cars. Not many of them live in places where you need fuel in the winter or A/C in the summer. If they need extra energy, they can easily pay for it. This is a rich man's game.
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"“I believe that seven billion human beings on Mother Earth here have affected the environment, and we’re responsible for that. With that being said, you got to find the balance. So, I’m not a denier,”

But, Senator, that there is human influence isn't the question. The question is whether it is at all significant and, even if significant, does it cause catastrophic climate change. The answer to both, based on empirical evidence and not computer models, is "probably not." "Finding a balance" by conceding anything to the alarmists is a costly mistake, as your own state is finding out.
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The left or the environmental movement doesn't care about how many people will die as long as they can watch their sunsets and have their sexual moments.
9 weeks ago
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Oh, they care how many people will die. As long as they aren't one of them its OK.
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The sad fact is that the far left would keep the "developing" world in the stone age to "save" the planet. They know that humans can't build enough wind and solar farms to feed the world's expanding need for power. They are content to sip their lattes in comfort and make sure that the third world's poor remain so.
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Maybe if he really means what he says he will change parties.
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To the left, people dying from lack of heat is a feature, not a bug.
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I completely and wholly support the denial of water to environmentalists opposed to dams and of power to greens opposed to coal. Let them live the way they wish to live.
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Democrat Manchin is a two faced lying POS and the people of West Virginia deserve to have him good and hard. Elections have consequences, joblessness, high electric bills and the death of their way of life they, West Virginians, freely voted for a democrat...enjoy.
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". . . We can even do more if the government will work with us,” Manchin told Fox. “They need what we have. . . "

You haven't noticed? The White House doesn't need you or what you have. They don't care about people's electric bills.
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It's worse than not caring, Obama in a rare candid moment way back when in the first administration yakked about how our energy bills should and would and must "necessarily skyrocket".

His energy sec'y last round, Steven Chu, made similar noises.

The guy who burnt thousands of pounds of fossil fuel on AF1 on "Earth Day" a couple of weeks ago (AF1 now costs $228,000/hour to operate) & who just logged (yesterday) his 1000th trip on his big fancy airplane doesn't seem to understand anything about his own self-righteous pronouncements.
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Give the Senator credit where credit is due: the alarmists are indeed the deniers. They deny the reality that without fossil fuels, this country will freeze in the dark and very few would get to work. The alarmists deny the Medieval Warm period, and the fact that global temps rose the same amount from 1910 to 1945 as from 1976 to 1999. The alarmists deny, heck they actually hide, the decline from 1960 to 1975. The alarmists deny the pause. The alarmists deny the cold of 2014. Most importantly, the alarmists deny that the "scientists" studying climate have nary a clue on the factors that go into global climate. It is undeniable that they are missing a variable or two or ten and that is why the models are not worth the computers they are written on.

History so often repeats itself. The global cooling alarmists of the 1970's identified a correlation between air pollution (eg., auto emissions) and colder temps. Then they started hyping the findings, for fame, fun and profit, with predictions of another ice age and the credibility of the people studying the issue was shot before they had even finished positing a theory that would warrant further study. To add insult to injury, like their 21st century counterparts, they engaged in hypocrisy of historical proportions, not only by not practicing what they preached but by opposing a then feasible means to materially reduce air pollution that arrived in the form of nuclear power.

Air pollution, not fossil fuels, is the problem and it is a problem because of what is not known as much if not more than what is known about it. As of 2014, there are two very feasible means of reducing air emissions of all kinds - nuclear power and fracked natural gas. So what does the left do? It opposes both. Ay caramba!
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If a massive # of people die due to green energy initiatives expect massive civil unrest followed by a 2nd massive die off of people on the Left.

Those right of center won't have to do a thing except stay out of the way.

It's called Karma.
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Simple solution: cut off power exports to California and DC, especially those from Texas and the Mid-west.

DC is already scrambling to 'address' rolling brown-outs...too little too late.
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Here we go again. We 7 billion people are affecting the environment. We are not affecting the climate except in some parts of the world and that is questionable. Phineas is right, sorry "correct". The climate models are GIGO (garbage in; garbage out. There are lots of other questions unresolved such as just what is the "ideal" climate? How much does the Sun affect climate?
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