Industry Group Chiefs Praise Manchin for Opposition to Build Back Better U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) walks through a hallway in the basement of the U.S. Capitol December 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty)
By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 20 December 2021 05:07 PM
The heads of a leading petroleum industry trade association and an industrial reliability firm on Monday voiced their support for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after he said he could not support the Build Back Better bill.
Manchin over the weekend said he could not vote "yes" on the bill in its current state despite lengthy negotiations with the White House. Fox News Digital notes that he was previously responsible for getting a ban on offshore drilling removed from the legislation.
"An offshore drilling ban would be a disaster for our country, rolling out the red carpet for Russia and Venezuela to replace 20% of America’s daily production and costing Texas alone over 1 million jobs along our Gulf Coast," said Jason Modglin, President of Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.
Ryan Sitton, founder and CEO of the reliability firm Pinnacle in Texas, added that a ban on offshore drilling "simply makes Russia absolutely more powerful" and would force the U.S. would to buy oil from abroad and deal with rising prices.
"When you decrease U.S. oil production, and you put more demand on the world for Russian oil production, it just makes Russia more powerful," Sitton noted.
Manchin’s office did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital.
President Joe Biden issued a statement last week admitting that the bill was unlikely to pass before Christmas.
"My team and I are having ongoing discussions with Senator Manchin; that work will continue next week," Biden said.
"It takes time to finalize these agreements, prepare the legislative changes and finish all the parliamentary and procedural steps needed to enable a Senate vote. We will advance this work together over the days and weeks ahead. Leader Schumer and I are determined to see the bill successfully on the floor as early as possible."