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Joe Manchin Biography

US Senator (D-WV)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Moving forward, achieving true energy independence demands that we not only start realizing the importance that coal has in achieving this goal, it means we must also stop demonizing one resource and start developing a comprehensive plan that utilizes all of our domestic resources – coal, natural gas, biomass, nuclear, wind and solar – so that we can, once and for all, end our dependence on foreign oil within this generation.

If we are going to be truly secure, we must declare our country to be energy independent, and every state in this great nation must do its part. West Virginia is using every ounce of its natural resources – our coal, our abundant supply of natural gas, biomass, wind, hydroelectric, solar – all of which should be used in the most environmentally responsible way.”

“Achieving Energy Independence,” (accessed Jan. 12, 2015)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-WV), Nov. 15, 2010-present
  • Member, US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, US Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
  • Chairman, National Governors Association, 2010
  • Former Chairman, Southern States Energy Board
  • Former President, Council of State Governments
  • Former Chairman, Democratic Governors Association
  • Former Chairman, Southern Governors Association
  • Governor, West Virginia, Jan. 2005-Nov. 2010
  • Secretary of State, West Virginia Jan. 2001-Jan. 2005
  • Ran for Governor of West Virginia, 1996
  • Member, West Virginia State Senate 1986-1996
  • Member, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1982-1986
  • BA, West Virginia University, 1970
  • Born in Farmington, West Virginia, Aug. 24, 1947
  • Co-sponsor of S.1 a bill to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil from Canada?