Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin, has once again refused to support more funding for climate action while he is making millions in the coal industry. Biden has pledged executive action after Manchin made it clear that he is not in support of raising taxes for wealthy Americans.
“So let me be clear: if the Senate will not move to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen our domestic clean energy industry, I will take strong executive action to meet this moment. My actions will create jobs, improve our energy security, bolster domestic manufacturing and supply chains, protect us from oil and gas price hikes in the future, and address climate change. I will not back down: the opportunity to create jobs and build a clean energy future is too important to relent.”
Biden and other Democrats hope to include environmental measures in the $1 trillion Build Back Better spending bill. This is the same bill that was for $2 trillion that Manchin put down last year.
To pass legislation, Manchin’s vote is essential as the Senate is divided 50-50 and controlled by the vice-president, Kamala Harris. Manchin has collected millions of dollars as his business, Enersystems, is the only supplier of low-grade coal to a high-polluting power plant in West Virginia, The Guardian reported. In 2021-2022 the senator received the most money from donors in coal mining, natural gas transmission and distribution, and oil and gas.
With Manchin’s refusal to back Biden’s bill in December, Biden’s relationship with the senator has been said to have reached a low point. Since then, Manchin has also spoken out against Biden’s plan to fund a charging point network for electric cars. Nevertheless, the Biden Administration is keen to find a way to secure Manchin’s pivotal vote and come to an agreement.
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