Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) called the 'Green New Deal' a "dream" that people would like to see, but that he has to work with the realities in front of him. In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Manchin also asked what kind of role China, India, and other carbon polluters would play as only the U.S. would be imposing regulations on itself.
From Wednesday's broadcast of 'Chris Cuomo Tonight' on CNN:
SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): The Green New Deal is dream. It's not a deal, it's a dream. And that's fine. People should have dreams. In a perfect world what they would like to see. I've got to work with the realities and I've got to work the practical, what I have in front of me.
I've got to make sure our country has affordable reliable energy 24/7. But you can't just be a denier and say I'm not going to use coal, I'm not going to use natural gas, I'm not going to use oil. And you also have to understand also the climate. We talk about global climate. Chris, it's the globe. It's not North American climate. It's not the United States climate. It's the globe. How do we bring on China and India and everybody else who are great users of carbon right now and polluters of carbon to be carbon-free also by using technology...
China will still be relying 51% on coal. India will still 57-60%. The United States will still be using 20-25%.
If that's the reality don't you think we ought to find ways to remove the CO2 in an affordable fashion and reuse this energy?