June 10, 2019


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today denounces former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Beyond Carbon Initiative.

“I disagree with Mayor Bloomberg's position. This pledge to shut down U.S. coal plants by 2030 will only serve to hurt coal miners and their families, as well as further devastate West Virginia communities that are suffering from the downturn in coal production and does nothing to address the global nature of the climate crisis.” 

“Furthermore, the International Energy Agency predicts that - under current policy scenarios - China and India will continue to use coal-fired generation for up to 51% and 57% of their power, respectively, through 2040. The average age of a coal plant in Asia is 12 years – these plants are very new. While these nations are making strides to reduce emissions, their reliance on fossil fuels is not ending anytime soon.”

“To truly combat global climate change, the U.S. must lead in seeking innovative technological solutions that focus on carbon capture and other technologies reflective of reality. I would hope that Mayor Bloomberg would choose to apply the same amount of energy and money into global climate solutions that help all Americans and the world, such as new carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies.”