“The Green New Deal is a dream, it’s not a deal. It’s a dream. And that’s fine. People should have dreams, in the perfect world what they would like to see. I’ve got to work with realities, and I’ve got to work with the practical, what I have in front of me,” Manchin told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been one of the most outspoken supporters of the Green New Deal, which includes policies like free health care, clean energy, and transportation overhaul.
Manchin pointed out the issues with getting rid of current energy sources without having a sustainable plan.
“I’ve got to make sure our country has affordable, dependable, reliable energy 24/7, but you can’t just be a denier and say, ‘Well, I’m not going to use coal. I’m not going to use natural gas. I’m not going to use oil,” Manchin said.
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"The Green New Deal is a dream. It's not a deal. It's a dream," says Democrat @Sen_JoeManchin. "[T]hat's fine. People should have dreams… I've got to work with the realities and I've got to work with the practical." https://t.co/kqvzg1R2ca pic.twitter.com/9phki0pkVN
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He ended his criticism by questioning what the impact will be if only one major country adopted extreme clean energy policies.
“And you have to understand also the climate — we’ve talked about global climate, Chris, it’s the globe. It’s not North American climate, it’s not the United States’ climate. It’s the globe,” Manchin said. “How do we bring on China and India and everybody else who are great users of carbon right now and polluters of carbon to be carbon-free also?”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has announced that he plans to force a vote on the Green New Deal in the Senate in order to put Democratic lawmakers’ opinions of the legislation on the record.