Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) has ramped up criticisms of his party’s radical climate proposals as he prepares for a tough reelection battle in 2024. But the West Virginia Democrat voted to advance a Biden nominee who wants to eradicate the coal industry, mandate that corporations become “carbon neutral” by 2025, and has urged activists to “name and shame” energy companies.
Manchin, the chairman of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee, voted this week to confirm David Crane as undersecretary for infrastructure at the Department of Energy. Crane, a former director at the state-owned Saudi Electricity Company, wants to eradicate the coal industry, mandate that major corporations become “carbon neutral” by 2025, and urged activists to “name and shame” companies that fail to fall in line.
Manchin asserted that Crane “is well qualified” for the job, which will oversee infrastructure projects under the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.