H/T Western Journalism.

Manchin knows his home state went to President Trump in 2016 and he see the handwriting on the wall.

He is trying to preserve his job in 2018.

“… a balance between our environment and the economy.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., broke ranks with fellow Democrats and offered his support for President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“While I believe that the United States and the world should continue to pursue a cleaner energy future, I do not believe that the Paris Agreement ensures a balance between our environment and the economy,” Manchin said in a statement.

“To find that balance, we should seek agreements that prioritize the protection of the American consumer as well as energy-producing states like West Virginia, while also incentivizing the development of advanced fossil energy technologies,” Manchin said.

His comments were a refreshing change for one conservative commentator.

“Well, it looks like at least one Democrat in Congress has some common sense left,” wrote Andrew Mark Miller on Young Conservatives. “Manchin breaks away from his party fairly often and it’s because he comes from West Virginia where they aren’t exactly snowflakes.”

“This guy needs to just come over to the GOP already. I don’t know what his deal is. He represents coal country and coal has no bigger friend than Donald Trump,” Miller added. “It’s very interesting how the left doesn’t understand that their unhinged reactions aren’t doing them any favors. They are only appealing to their base and further alienating voters they desperately need to get back on track.”

Trump cited the impacts the agreement would have on the economy as the major reason he rejected the agreement. He also said the agreement would have limited U.S. coal production. West Virginia’s economy is heavily dependent upon coal mining.

“Further, while the current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America, which it does. And the mines are starting to open up, having a big opening in two weeks, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand, new mine. It’s unheard of. For many, many years that hasn’t happened. They asked me if I’d go. I’m going to try,” Trump said Thursday.

“China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants,” Trump said.

“In short, the agreement doesn’t eliminate coal jobs. It just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States, and ships them to foreign countries,” Trump added.