Guess We Aren't Getting Joe Manchin's Vote
Just in case anyone was in doubt, it looks like West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Robert Byrd, is not going to be convinceable on the wisdom of putting a price on carbon through the market-based mechanism known as "cap and trade":
Joe Manchin, you're no Robert Byrd. A staunch supporter of the coal industry for most of his long career, Byrd spent his last months telling his state and the coal industry what they didn't want to hear about a changing world:
The truth is that some form of climate legislation will likely become public policy because most American voters want a healthier environment. Major coal-fired power plants and coal operators operating in West Virginia have wisely already embraced this reality, and are making significant investments to prepare. . . .
Change has been a constant throughout the history of our coal industry. West Virginians can choose to anticipate change and adapt to it, or resist and be overrun by it. One thing is clear. The time has arrived for the people of the Mountain State to think long and hard about which course they want to choose.
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