If Joe Manchin appoints a solid liberal Democrat then it good help. Byrd voted against blocking EPA regulation of Green House Gases so interestingly enough it seemed he was more likely a Yes vote of Cap and Trade than Rockefeller which is an interesting shift since Rockefeller has always been the most liberal of the two.
Byrd has stated his opposition to any form of regulation that would damage the WV coal industry, and specifically not allow for development of clean coal technology. I think he would have opposed any bill that didn’t leave open the clean coal option:
I don’t think many believe that regulation through the EPA is a long term authorization for the Dims goals on cap and trade. All that regulation can change quickly with a new president.
Byrd was most likely senator in name only and others were making decisions on his votes. He always voted to protect the coal industry...recently I hadn’t seen that.
Byrd was no longer voting - it was his staffers.