On Friday, President Biden made a controversial statement about coal plants —specifically that his administration will be shutting them down “all across America.” West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin immediately blasted Biden.
“President Biden’s comments are not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said. “Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden and instead believes he does not understand the need to have an all in energy policy that would keep our nation totally energy independent and secure.”
Manchin added: “It seems his positions change depending on the audience and the politics of the day. Politicizing our nation’s energy policies would only bring higher prices and more pain for the American people.”
Watch President Biden’s comment below:
Joe Biden celebrates coal plant workers losing their jobs.
“We’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America.” pic.twitter.com/0DZk0MZHa8
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The White House initially released a lengthy response after Manchin’s backlash, saying “The President’s remarks yesterday have been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended; he regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense. The President was commenting on a fact of economics and technology: as it has been from its earliest days as an energy superpower, America is once again in the midst of an energy transition,” Karine Jean-Pierre said.
“Working closely with Senator Manchin, a tireless advocate for his state and the hard-working men and women who live there, President Biden has helped get this part of the country back to work: the unemployment rate in West Virginia was 6.2% the last month before Joe Biden took office; now it is down to 4%,” she added.
Now, the White House is saying that Biden’s comments may have been misunderstood because it was “loud and hard to hear.” Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the statements at Monday’s press conference.
Watch the statements below:
Karine Jean-Pierre is asked about Biden's pledge to shut down coal plants "all across America."
She says it was "loud and hard to hear." pic.twitter.com/kM8l9VB9Wf
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 7, 2022