Manchin told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon Binz’s track record as head of Colorado Public Utilities shows he would focus too much of the nation’s energy load on renewable resources, which Manchin said is not feasible at this point.
“That’s a serious problem for me, being a realist,” Manchin, who sits on the Senate Energy Committee, said.
He said he would prefer a FERC chairman that supports an “all-in” approach, embracing coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources in an attempt to end the United State’s dependance on foreign oil.
Manchin’s “no” vote likely dooms Binz’s nomination. Democrats hold a slim 12-10 majority on the Senate Energy Committee and it’s unlikely Republicans will rally in support of Binz.
He said his vote against Obama’s nominee is nothing personal, they just disagree.