West Virginia’s Manchin Wins Top Senate Energy Democratic Slot

Dec. 12, 2018, 12:11 AM

Coal-state Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has been tapped to be the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, surviving a campaign by climate activists to derail his selection.

“West Virginia is a leading energy producer and major contributor to advanced energy technologies, and I intend to ensure that this progress is continued,” Manchin said in Dec. 11 statement.

Manchin vowed to seek “common sense solutions for long-term comprehensive energy policy that incorporates an all-of-the-above strategy,” but didn’t address climate change in his statement.

Manchin will be the ranking Democrat on an energy panel that will ...

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