WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gina McCarthy’s nomination to be the next Administrator of  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency without the backing of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

Senator Manchin voted against McCarthy’s nomination Thursday, making him the only Democrat to oppose Obama’s pick for the post. During a speech before the Senate’s vote, he said his vote had nothing to do with McCarthy.

“My vote against Gina McCarthy is really a vote against the administration’s lack of any serious attempt to develop an energy strategy for America’s future, which we call an all in policy,” he said.

During his speech, Manchin referred to an all in policy that entailed the development of all sources of American made energy.

“Coal, natural gas, nukes, we need renewables, wind, solar, biomass and bio-fuels,” said Manchin. “We need it all and we are responsible to make sure that we find a balance between the economy and the environment.”

This is unlike the all-of-the-above policy Manchin said President Obama speaks of, which he believes will put an end to coal.

“His new global climate proposal amounts to a true declaration of war on one of the above, a true declaration of war on coal,” Manchin said. “In fact the president plans to use the EPA to regulate the coal industry out of existence.”

Despite Manchins comments before the vote, McCarthy won Senate approval by a 59-40 vote. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller was one of those who voted in favor of McCarthy’s nomination.

Following the vote, President Obama released a statement that said how pleased he was the Senate approved the nomination.

“Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bipartisan support for commonsense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth,” Obama stated. “I look forward to having her in my Cabinet as we work to slow the effects of climate change and leave a cleaner environment for future generations.”

Manchin told the Senate that even after McCarthy’s nomination, he plans to continue fighting the EPA until they loosen their grip on coal because there is simply too much at stake.

“Coal is America’s most abundant, most reliable and most affordable source of energy,” said Manchin. “In fact coal keeps the lights on providing nearly 40 percent of the electricity in this country.”

Manchin said that all he is looking for is a partnership between the EPA and the coal industry that incorporates a balanced approach so the lights can stay on.

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Comments

  • thornton

    While most of the more recent anti-Manchin feeling is over the gun issue and so, often overblown....in this vote, Manchin was given permission to vote in a direction that allows him a bit of redemption and bragging points.
    In other words, Manchin was simply not needed.
    His relevancy to the current administration is nil at this point.

  • derek

    JoBama is nothing more than a puppet on a string controlled by the President. He should get an Oscar for his performance. My vote goes to Shelly Moore Capito.

  • Magic Mike

    Only chance Manchin has now is switch parties. He should have done it a long time ago.

  • steve

    good thing ole Rock is retiring cause he wouldnt have a snowballs chance of being re-elected. He stood for WV when it benefited his career.

    • Magic Mike

      Should be an easy victory for Shelly Moore Capito.

  • WVU 74

    ding ...ding ....ding-a-ling ...!!

    TL2 = Too Little, Too Late

  • Vinnie

    And to make it worse; Joe is reported to have accepted an invitation to go to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mansion in 3 days for a 1000$ a plate fundraiser. Joe should refuse this RINO's money and antigun, anti-American agenda.

  • shypesjr

    Who cares. I will never vote for you again because of everything else you have supported Obama on. Coal Mines around the state are shutting down and your man is doing it to us Joe.

  • blugldmn

    You fools....this was for your consumption...and you swallowed it.....

  • PMQ

    Has Blo Joe woken from his Pro Obama slumber???? Probably not. Nice try Blo Joe. Can't wait for you next election to roll around.

  • Ragweed

    TimC and Roger D are correct. Ol' Joe knew his vote wouldn't mean a hill of beans so he had a chance to bluster a bit. You people who say this is the real Joe are foolish. Well, I guess you are right - he's just another opportunistic politician - the real Joe.

  • RogerD

    It's obvious he made this vote to try to save his political hide. He's seen his poll numbers. He needs to win back support in WV. This was a safe vote since the nominee had the numbers to win confirmation. I'm really surprised more can't see what's going on here.

  • Tim C

    Harry Reid allowed Manchin to vote against her because he already had the votes. This is all smoke and mirrors. I hope you guys aren't that naive.

  • wvtd

    he is just worried about his job as a career politician being over but being a senator from wv I doubt he has anything to worry about.

  • Pragmatic

    Hooray, Joe did right. Now if he would only concentrate on working on real issues and not those focused on gaining popularity, all would be better served. Let's hope our Joe will be the comeback kid.

  • Ronnie

    Now that's the Joe Manchin I voted for, not the gun take over from the government, you give them a inch and they will that a mile.