Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after accepting an invitation to join Our Inclusive Energy Future: The Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy— a newly formed high-level global commission convened by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and made up of key figures from across the globe to examine the social and economic impacts of the shift to cleaner energy technologies on individuals and communities.
“I am proud to be part of a global effort that acknowledges and will examine the increased hardships on traditional energy producing communities amid the shift to a cleaner energy technologies. As our global energy mix changes, concern about the impacts on these communities that have historically mined the coal, produced the fuels, and generated baseload power has and will loom large for families not only in my state of West Virginia, but across the nation and in every country around the world. I believe it is the responsibility of those who serve in government to also keep it front of mind and ensure that reinvestment is targeted to address that concern. As a member of this new IEA global commission, I will continue to work hard to ensure that these hardworking communities are given new opportunities to thrive. I am honored to join this effort and to ensure we leave no worker behind as we move towards a cleaner energy future.”
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