June 18, 2015

Manchin Responds to Pope Francis on Climate Change

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in response to Pope Francis’s recent proclamations on climate change.

“I have said repeatedly that I believe climate change is real, and that the more than 7 billion people living on this Earth have contributed to its warming. I also believe, like Pope Francis, that we must work together to help solve this problem by investing in the technologies of the future that will help provide reliable, affordable and clean energy to citizens around the world. But the fact is our own U.S. Department of Energy believes that we will get more than thirty percent of our electricity from coal for the next quarter century. Without a commitment from elected officials to work with the energy industry, our research universities, and religious leaders, the most vulnerable and impoverished in our country will be in danger of not having affordable and reliable power during extreme times of need. I look forward to working with Pope Francis to address the global climate problem with realistic global climate solutions.”