Manchin tells Fox News: Obama declared ‘war on America’ with climate speech

By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:02 EDT
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Joe Manchin speaks to Fox News
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Wednesday lashed out at President Barack Obama for declaring “war on America” by calling for new strategies to limit pollution from coal-fired power pants.

A day after Obama spoke at Georgetown University about his new plan to fight climate change, Manchin took to Fox News to express his unhappiness with the president.

The West Virginia senator said that the plan was not just a “war on jobs” and a “war on West Virginia,” but also, a “war on America.”

“Eight billion tons of coal is being burned it the world as we speak,” he explained. “The United States of American consumes about 1 billion tons. Now, what’s going to happen to the over 7 billion tons? What’s going to happen to the countries who are consuming and using 7 billion and it’s increasing rapidly?”

“By the way, there’s no scientific consensus on the degree to which we can stop or slow climate change, no matter what the president says,” Fox New host Tucker Carlson opined. “That’s ridiculous.”

“On a scale of one to ten, how angry are you about this?” co-host Steve Doocy wondered.

“Oh, I don’t think you have a scale,” Manchin replied. “It’s just ridiculous. I should not have to be setting here as a U.S. senator, fighting my own president and fighting my own government. That’s ridiculous. I want to work with them, I’ve reached out. I will continue to reach out, but I need a partner here. I don’t need an adversary. I need a partner and an advocate.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast June 26, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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