Biden says coal plants will be replaced by cheaper solar and wind power. Joe Manchin says he owes coal workers 'an immediate and public apology.'In the final days before the midterm elections, President Biden made sure there would be little doubt about his vision for America's coal industry.
"We're going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power," Biden said at an event in California last Friday, adding that this shift will save utility companies "a hell of a lot of money" because "it's cheaper to generate electricity from wind and solar than it is from coal and oil."
"No one is building new coal plants because they can't rely on it," he said.
These comments drew criticism not only from Republicans, but from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The senator, whose state still generates roughly 90% of its electricity from coal, called the president's comments "outrageous and divorced from reality."