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Coal-Loving Manchin May Get Energy Panel Perch, Vexing Greens

Dec. 4, 2018, 5:15 PM

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin famously used a rifle to shoot a climate-change bill in a 2010 campaign ad, vowing to take “dead aim” at the landmark cap-and-trade legislation.

Now, Manchin, a staunch backer of his state’s coal industry, is poised to become the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has wide-ranging jurisdiction over energy policies and the use of federal lands, that, in turn, have an influence on global warming.

Joe Manchin
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The prospect of Manchin, 71, who sometimes votes with President Donald Trump and had lunch with him on Dec. 3 getting ...

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