Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the below statement following comments made by White House senior adviser John Podesta that Chinese companies will be "big players" in growing domestic energy production using the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Chips and Science Act.
"It is beyond irresponsible for someone speaking on behalf of the White House to not only condone but also advocate for sending American tax dollars to Chinese companies. That is not consistent with either the IRA or the CHIPS + Science Act, which had widespread bipartisan support due to concerns about Chinese supply chains. These words are especially concerning as rumors circulate about the Administration thoughtlessly considering opening up the EV credit's eligibility beyond our free trade agreement partners and allow the laundering of Chinese minerals and materials through Trojan horse agreements. We have a dire dependence problem and comments like this make it clear that this Administration doesn't care about the energy security of this nation. I will do everything in my power to prevent this Administration from welcoming China to take federal dollars with open arms."