CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s quid pro quo. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took a trip to Rhode Island earlier this month as a guest of U.S. Sen.r Sheldon Whitehouse to see how climate change is impacting his state.

On Wednesday Sheldon came to West Virginia for a tour of key energy sites. Both senators made a stop in Charleston on their way to Wyoming County to tour the Pinnacle Mine.

Manchin said he and Whitehouse are on opposite sides when it comes to energy and climate change. However, both are willing to listen to each other. The senator stressed that’s especially important at a time when the EPA is trying to shut down coal-fired power plants.

“We see it coming. I just don’t want to go down this road. Having someone like Sen. Whitehouse who comes from the environmental side of it, willing to look at the fossil side of what we do and willing to work with me, I think that’s been a great achievement,” Manchin said.

Manchin said he has been crossing party lines since he arrived in Washington four years ago to try and get things accomplished. A proposed plan to use carbon sequestration is raising hope more lawmakers will be willing to consider backing away from the EPA’s hard line.

“Can you use CO2 coming off a coal fired plant, liquefy it, sequester it in the ground and use it for enhanced gas recovery? We know it works in the oil fields for enhanced oil recovery,” said Manchin.

Also on Wednesday’s tour were stops at a wind farm in Grant County and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Monongalia County. Manchin said while the state is diversifying, the impact of shutting down coal fired power plants could put millions of people up and down the east coast in jeopardy.

“You have another winter like you did last year, with not that redundancy as far as power to re-energize the line, you’ve got people with rolling blackouts and brownouts and you’re going to put the poorest and lowest income people in jeopardy of their lives,” said Manchin.

Manchin said if other members of Congress who favor strict environmental policies would be willing to at least take a tour of West Virginia like Whitehouse, things might be less polarized in Washington.

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  • TB

    An excerpt from the Dominion Post: Representing a coastal state with no coal, Whitehouse said Rhode Island has seen the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels, loss of animal species and an increase in stormy weather.

    Effects of rising sea levels? Give me a break. Typical political crap!

  • TB

    The Senators visited NETL in Morgantown and received a police escort out of town complete with lights and sirens. Ridiculous!

  • David

    Cross party lines?

    It's your party Senator that is destroying coal jobs....Hello!

    What damage has Rhode Island suffered exactly ?

    Why were these obvious points of contention not addressed by the reporter?

  • Hop'sHip

    I wonder if Senator Whitehouse mentioned that his state ranked sixth by the ACEEE in energy effciency while Senator Manchin's state ranked sixth from the bottom?

  • Jack

    Should ask for cooperation on his daughter not paying taxes, while most working West Virginians are.

  • David Kennedy

    Climate Change?
    Are we still trotting out that old dead horse?

    Save the Whales....Ozone Hole...Plant a Tree...World Peace... Climate Change...
    I wonder what the next religious order of the Liberals will be...???
    Let's bring up 'World Peace again and this time do something about it...

    'Peace Brother.... LOL

  • Jim N Charleston

    A RI Liberal in Charleston 13 days before the election. Perhaps Joe could take him on a tour & he could give a campaign speech on Global Warming or Climate Change to the 100+ miners out Corr G at Alum Creek who just lost their jobs. I'm sure they'd love to hear from a Democrat Senator from RI.

    All I got
    I'm Jim N So Charleston

  • Aaron

    I understand that many do not like Senator Manchin but one thing no one can accuse him of is not have the willingness to tackle an issue from every side and at least listen to all sides.

  • Independent View

    Well, while I'm (slumming) in WV campaigning for my Leftie buddies, I''ll do some more self-promotion--you know, just in case the Republicans regain control of the Senate or if the Dems maintain control--either way, it's win, win for Ole Joe.
    Blah, blah, blah, blah!
    What a piece of work this guy is.

    • Hop'sHip

      That's certainly an Independent View.

    • pocaguy

      You absolutely nailed it. LOL

  • Boring

    I wish this clown would fall off the earth somewhere, never to be found again. What a loser. He and his family have screwed over every working WV. Have real news Metro?

  • The bookman

    Mr Manchin,

    On your trip to RI, what impacts did you observe related to climate change? Just curious if Senator Whitehouse pointed out the smoking gun.