Joe Manchin: Our energy policy is a success. President Biden should be proud.

from The Washington Post,

I’m going to do something you probably haven’t heard me do much in the past three years: I want to congratulate President Biden for the record-breaking energy production we are seeing in America today. The United States is producing more oil, gas and renewable energy than ever before. We are exporting more fossil fuel energy than we import. Our country has never been more energy-independent than we are today.

This is something to celebrate. ....You won’t hear about our historic energy production on TV, on social media, at Democratic campaign events — or from many administration aides. energy leaders from across the world gather this week in Houston for the annual CERAWeek conference, I bet the rhetoric from White House officials in attendance will be muted.

To me and millions of voters, all of this is something to celebrate — from the mountaintops of West Virginia, where we have seen a natural gas boom, to the wind farms in Iowa, the oil fields in Texas and the solar farms in Arizona. This is the all-of-the-above strategy in action, showing results. But it seems some of the president’s radical advisers in the White House are so worried about angering climate activists that they refuse to speak up about these accomplishments. The result is that a president who was elected as a centrist is being dragged further and further to the left.

I urge Biden to join me in celebrating America’s energy accomplishments and recommit to working in a bipartisan way with Congress to build upon that success this year. Our achievements are worthy of celebration, but there is more work to be done.

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