Coal-state Dem slams Bloomberg over climate initiative
Added 06-11-19 09:29:02am EST - “Centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Monday blasted former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to shut down all coal plants in the U.S. in 11 years -- saying it would "devastate" communities in his state.?” - Foxnews.com
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Centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Monday blasted former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to shut down all coal plants in the U.S. in 11 years -- saying it would “devastate” communities in his state.
“This pledge to shut down U.S. coal plants by 2030 will only serve to hurt coal miners and their families, as well as further devastate West Virginia communities that are suffering from the downturn in coal production and does nothing to address the global nature of the climate crisis,” Manchin said in a statement.
Bloomberg, who had briefly mulled a run for the White House as an independent, announced his Beyond Carbon initiative last week. Part of that plan involves pushing state and utilities to phase out every coal-fired plant by 2030.
Bloomberg announced that he had pledged $500 million of his own money, and touted his record in closing coal plants already.
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