Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told reporters on Tuesday that he didn’t think President Joe Biden was doing enough to combat inflation and that one thing he could do was increase U.S. energy production.
When CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju asked Manchin if he was “satisfied” with what the administration has done about inflation so far, Manchin had to admit that he wasn’t.
“No, I think there’s a lot more we can do. I really do,” Manchin said. “We have got to get back to the leasing process so people have stability, they understand that we’re going to be in this game for a while.”
Manchin said he supported renewable forms of energy, but that the U.S. didn’t have the technology yet to rely on it.
“We can walk and chew gum,” he added. “That means you can basically provide the energy that the country needs — the horsepower you receive from fossil, you don’t receive that horsepower from renewables, not yet. We get hydrogen going, we get other things going…geothermal and all that, we can. We’re going to get there. But we’re not there yet. So, you’ve got to make sure you take care of what you have to take care of.”
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