Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is not a favorite in President Joe Biden’s White House, and he does not appear to care about gaining favor with the commander-in-chief.
According to Breitbart News, he has once again taken a stand against one of the president’s stances, this time against the import of Russian oil.
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This week, he appeared on the Fox Business Network show “Kudlow” and claimed that Democrats must recognize that if the United States is to remain a superpower, it must create its own fossil fuel.
“You cannot be the world’s superpower if you have to rely on other nations to produce your energy,” he said, adding that he disagrees with the majority of his party and the president.
“they have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that you’ve got to use everything you’ve got” or else you’ll “end up like Germany did” and “in one heck of a mess.” He talked about NATO defense and standing with partners, but he also stated that more was required.
“That’s all good. But…we have to have energy independen[ce]. You cannot be the superpower of the world if you have to depend on other nations to produce your energy. And I’m just in a different place than my caucus or the colleagues or the president and they have a hard time coming to grips that you’ve got to use everything you’ve got.” The senator said.
“You’ve got to use your gas, you’ve got to use your coal, you’ve got to use your oil, and you have to develop wind and solar and hydro and geothermal and hydrogen. All of these things I’m for. But I’m not going to leave us in a void, Larry, I’m just not going to basically go down that path and end up like Germany did, trying to get something — rid of something that you don’t think you like because you think something else will replace it. And then, when you get to that time period, it doesn’t replace it, so you’re in one heck of a mess,” he said.
Using clean energy is a lovely fantasy for the future, but in 2022, clean energy cannot power the planet. An 18-wheeler, like an airplane, cannot currently run on solar or electricity.