When Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) explains why he has blocked key parts of the president’s climate agenda, he often points to his support for an “all-of-the-above energy” strategy.
In recent months, Manchin sank President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion social and climate spending package, jettisoned a high-profile nominee for the Federal Reserve, and objected to a plan by the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase corporate accountability for global warming risks.
None of them supported his all-of-the-above energy vision, Manchin said each time.
But when it comes to energy production, the senator’s home state of West Virginia is far from being diverse. Its power is derived almost entirely from coal. And it’s translating to higher electricity costs for his constituents, according to federal data and some researchers.
Manchin has used the phrase “all-of-the-above energy” for years. It’s a mantra that he has relied on to explain his opposition to regulations of greenhouse gases, to support his rejection of Biden’s social spending and climate package known as “Build Back Better,” and when he wants to ensure that fossil fuels are included in any strategy to use public funds to promote clean energy deployment.
Earlier this month, Manchin used the phrase to describe his solution to fight rising inflation.
“[Rising inflation] demands th …