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Manchin tanks Biden nominee over climate activism

By Thomas Catenacci | Fox News | Published March 10, 2023 2:04pm EST


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced Friday he will block a key Department of Interior (DOI) nominee from moving forward over her climate activism.

Manchin noted that his decision — which effectively kills President Biden’s nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis to serve as DOI’s assistant secretary for land and minerals management — came in response to an internal agency memo that was leaked last week. The memo showed that Daniel-Davis, who holds a lower position at DOI, signed off on an explicit decision to prioritize climate policies over energy security.

“Today, I have also decided, as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, that I will not be moving forward the nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis as assistant secretary of the Department of Interior,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed for The Houston Chronicle.

“Daniel-Davis approved higher royalty rates for the Alaskan Cook Inlet sale, which were explicitly designed to decrease fossil energy production at the expense of our energy security,” he continued. “Even though I supported her in the past, I cannot, in good conscience, support her or anyone else who will play partisan politics and agree with this misguided and dangerous manipulation of the law.”


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a news conference on Sept. 20, 2022.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a news conference on Sept. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

President Biden first nominated Daniel-Davis for the position in June 2021. Since then, she has appeared in two confirmation hearings before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but has failed two votes for her nomination to be passed to a floor vote. 

The White House announced on Jan. 23 that it would again send the nomination back to the Senate.


Daniel-Davis, who currently serves as principal deputy secretary for land and minerals management, previously served in a leadership position for the National Wildlife Federation, a group that has advocated for far-left climate policies. Senate Republicans have consistently opposed her nomination and expressed concern about her views on energy issues.

“Laura Daniel-Davis’ nomination should have been pulled over a year ago when she first failed to pass committee,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told Fox News Digital earlier this week. “The latest attack on oil and gas is no surprise. The Biden administration, his out of touch nominees and Senate Democrats have long put the cult of climate change ahead of energy security and local communities.”

On March 3, a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management memo addressed to Daniel-Davis was leaked, showing that the agency projected energy security would be bolstered if the administration charged lower royalty rates for an offshore oil and gas lease in Alaska. 


“While a 16 ⅔ percent royalty may be more likely to facilitate expeditious and orderly development of [offshore] resources and potentially offer greater energy security to residents of the State of Alaska, a reasonable balancing of the environmental and economic factors for the American public favors the maximum 18 ¾ percent royalty for Cook Inlet leases,” the memo stated.

Daniel-Davis ultimately signed off on the maximum royalty rate option without publicly acknowledging the energy security implications of that decision. The memo resulted in a rebuke from Manchin and additional calls from Republicans like Daines for her nomination to be withdrawn.

Thomas Catenacci is a politics writer for Fox News Digital


‘The inflation tax is real’: Sen. Joe Manchin says Washington can’t keep ignoring people’s ‘economic pain’

Reported by ALEX NITZBERG | November 10, 2021


Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia

As Americans suffer the consequences of rising inflation, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is saying that “the inflation tax is real” and Washington cannot keep ignoring the financial hardships people are experiencing.

“By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day,” Manchin’s tweet declared.

His comments came as newly released data revealed that consumers continue to face rising prices.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the consumer price index has risen 6.2% over a 12-month period, marking the largest one-year jump in more than three decades.

“The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.9 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.4 percent in September,” according to the department. “Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 6.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.”

The cost for necessities like food and energy have risen significantly during the past year.

“The all items index rose 6.2 percent for the 12 months ending October, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1990,” the department said. “The energy index rose 30.0 percent over the last 12 months, and the food index increased 5.3 percent,” the department reported.”

As President Biden and congressional Democrats push for the passage of a massive spending plan, Manchin has been a persistent obstacle in his party’s path, refusing to back their proposal. The senator has said that he will not “support a package that risks hurting American families suffering from historic inflation.”

Proponents of the proposal contend that passage of the massive spending plan would actually combat inflation.

“The best way to address inflation is to pass a bill that creates jobs, reduces bottlenecks, and is totally paid for by making sure the wealthy pay their fair share. That’s just what we’re doing with the Build Back Better Act,” a tweet shared on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) account claims.

Dem Senator: As Is, ObamaCare Will Collapse Under It’s Own Weight

Posted on December 23, 2013 by Conservative Byte

Name one government program that has ever collapsed because it cost too much. Naïve statements like this show out of touch some people are with how out of control the federal government is. Check it out:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) had dire predictions for the existence of ObamaCare without fixes on CNN’s “State Of The Union”


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