Manchin Discusses Priorities in First Hearing as Ranking Member

February 5, 2019

To watch a video of Senator Manchin's opening remarks, please click here 

To watch a video of Senator Manchin's questioning, please click here.

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), discussed his priorities as ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during the Committee’s first hearing. Senator Manchin began the hearing by thanking Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for her leadership and expressing his desire to work with her to tackle the biggest energy and natural resources questions facing our country.

“West Virginia has consistently exported more electricity than it consumes. Especially during events like last week’s polar vortex, I know communities around the country are grateful for the energy supply and reliability that West Virginia provides. Last week’s brutal cold provided another test case for how our electricity grid is often stressed and changing. While the system performed well, rising natural gas demand made it economical to bring on coal to keep the lights on and homes warm. Even in states with aggressive clean energy goals, if it gets cold, we will still need coal power. Events like the polar vortex will continue to happen. Climate change is real, and its impacts are felt in every economy and every community across the world – and that includes West Virginia. There is no silver bullet, but I look forward to innovation discussions and expected climate hearings to see how this committee can contribute to pragmatic solutions that work for every American,” Senator Manchin said in part.

 To see Senator Manchin’s opening remarks as prepared, please click here.

In his questions at the hearing, Senator Manchin also highlighted the need for America to economically incentivize the world to use cleaner energy and create a workforce in America that manufactures the next generation of energy technology. 

“We can export American made technology to global markets that both increase efficiency and reduces the cost of capturing carbon. Instead of relying on other countries to adopt our energy policies, let’s lead the revolution of bringing clean energy technology to the market,” Senator Manchin said.

To watch the hearing in full, please click here.