As it continues its sprint to the far left, the Biden White House continues to lose more moderate Democrats in the House and, importantly, in the Senate, where the party only maintains a slim majority.
In an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday night, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed his concerns about the Biden administration and Democrats’ alleged neglect of commitments to develop new oil and gas projects. Manchin stated that these commitments were secured in exchange for his vote on the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act. He further warned that if the administration continues to disregard American energy security, he might vote to repeal the act that he helped to pass.
“They broke their word to the American public,” Manchin told Hannity, adding that the original draft of the legislation he authored would have only spent $684 billion over 10 years, $384 billion of which was for energy production, The Daily Wire reported.
He went on to point out that the U.S. has more than enough natural resources to become — and remain — energy independent.
“We have the gas, and we have the oil, and we have the coal,” he said. “We can do it better and cleaner than anywhere in the world. And so, this piece of legislation was balanced. [In the next] 10 years, we are going to have enough fossil [fuel] to run our country and to help our allies around the world, and we will also be investing in new technology for the future.
“Now, they have disregarded this completely, what was agreed upon, and they know exactly what we agreed upon. This was energy security, and we have not heard a word about energy security out of their mouths since it was passed. It’s all about [the] environment,” he said.
He concluded his interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News by stating that he is willing to take action to prevent the Biden administration from implementing the law if they continue to neglect energy production. He emphasized that he would do everything in his power to ensure that American energy security is not jeopardized, even if it means voting to repeal the bill he previously voted for as the deciding vote, the outlet reported.
“If this administration does not honor what they said they would do and continue to liberalize that — $384 billion is what we are supposed to invest in over 10 years, and they blow that out of the water and its six or seven or eight hundred — I will do everything in my power to prevent that from happening,” he said. “And if they don’t change, then I would vote to repeal my own bill.”
Again in recent weeks, Manchin has been at odds with the Biden administration over the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act.
He has repeatedly criticized the administration for allegedly redefining the law to prioritize green energy projects over fossil fuels. In March, Manchin wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, expressing his concerns about the administration’s approach to the law and arguing that the emphasis on green energy was misguided.
“[T]hey are ignoring the law’s intent to support and expand fossil energy and are redefining ’domestic energy’ to increase clean-energy spending to potentially deficit-breaking levels,” he wrote. “The administration is attempting at every turn to implement the bill it wanted, not the bill Congress actually passed.”
Fossil fuels are a key industry in West Virginia and vital to the state’s economy.