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FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday that OPEC+’s decision to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day shows the U.S. needs to invest more in its resources, a week after his energy permitting reform bill stalled in the Senate.
“Today’s announcement from OPEC+ confirms why the US must be energy independent and energy secure so that foreign adversaries cannot intimidate us,” said DW.Va. Manchin to Fox News Digital. “We are blessed with an abundance of domestic energy resources that we can produce more cleanly than anywhere else in the world, and with that we have the ability to ensure energy independence and security for ourselves and our allies.”
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Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) has clashed with Biden administration officials over energy policy in recent months. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)
He added, “This announcement should further motivate my colleagues in Congress to come to the table to pass comprehensive, bipartisan, enabling reform to reduce our dependence on these foreign countries.”
Manchin struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) last month to vote for the Democrats’ social spending and tax bill in exchange for Schumer bringing energy authorization reform to a Senate vote. They planned to include Manchin’s permissive reform proposal “continuous solution” to fund the government temporarily until the elections.
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President Biden speaks during the Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment event at the COP26 United Nations climate summit on November 2, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool/AP Newsroom)
But Republicans angry at Manchin for supporting the social spending and tax bill and progressives who don’t want to make energy projects easier joined forces against the bill. They had enough votes to prevent the funding bill from passing the 60-vote threshold while Manchin’s proposal was in place.
Manchin says he will continue to look for ways to pass authorization reform, and some senators believe the House could use the upcoming defense funding bill to do so.
An oil well on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near New Town, N.D. Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said Wednesday that the U.S. should focus on domestic resource development in light of OPEC+ production cuts. (Tyler Olson/FOX Business) (Tyler Olson/Fox Business/Fox News)
The authorization reform bill isn’t the only major energy issue Manchin has addressed in recent months — and he’s often been willing to criticize President Biden when other Democrats won’t.
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“We can’t take this seriously enough,” Manchin said at a March hearing with members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “So to deny or block natural gas projects and the benefits they bring at a time when Putin is actively and effectively using energy as an economic and political weapon against our allies is just beyond the pale.”
Days later, at an energy conference in Houston, Manchin laid blame on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick for allegedly slow-moving energy pipelines, demanding that Glick do his damn job.