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A “Dear Joe” Letter to Sen. Manchin on Coal

Appalachia Rising: More than 100 Arrested at White House Demanding End to Mountaintop RemovalJW Randolph of Appalachian Voices has a message for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) - "Arch Coal has a plan, and it is not you":
Well, I'm not sure how it happened. But it seems like southern West Virginia has survived its first post-apocalyptic, economy-annihilating, way-of-life-ending weekend after EPA heroically vetoed Arch Coal's Spruce Mine permit last Thursday. As bad as Joe Manchin and Nick Rahall said life was going to be after the veto, myself and most folks in West Virginia ended up having a pretty decent weekend, all things considered. Heck, we even learned that despite the snow many if not most nearby residents are celebrating EPA's veto of Spruce #1 mine.

Which leads me to wonder...has anyone ever been so loud and proud about shoving their head in the sand and ignoring the cries of their constituents and colleagues, the consensus of scientists, and the pleading of health professionals as loudly as Joe Manchin and Nick Rahall? Senator Manchin certainly hasn't had a very positive first few weeks in the United States Senate. In fact, despite not taking too many big votes, he has found that his actions have already left him with a lot to apologize for. He set another high bar last week when EPA announced its decision on Spruce. Not only was his rhetoric irresponsible, but his information is just plain incorrect - particularly in asserting that EPA was "retroactively" vetoing this permit.

The whole post is long but definitely worth reading.

Manchin Threatening to Bolt Party 6 Days After Getting Elected

Joe ManchinBefore he's even sworn in as a U.S. senator, Joe Manchin is already threatening to leave the Democratic Party unless he's showered with gifts:
Aside from his pick of committee assignments (likely the Energy and Natural Resources Committee), Manchin might get support for one of his pet projects -- a plant to convert coal to diesel fuel that has stalled under Democratic leadership in Washington. [...]

"He was elected as a Democrat and he has to go to Washington as a Democrat to try, in good faith, to make the changes in the party he campaigned on," said one Manchin advisor. "Now, if that doesn't work and Democrats aren't receptive, I don't know what possibilities that leaves open."

If Joe Manchin is so eager to join the GOP, why didn't he do it before election? Oh, right. Because he'd have gotten obliterated in this or any other GOP primary. Any Democrat who offers any sort of "reward" to Manchin for staying in the party shouldn't be surprised if they suddenly find dozens of other Democrats with their hand out for goodies as well.