Biden and the Democrats on climate

2021-10-18

in Politics, The environment

Facing total obstruction from Republicans, Democrats themselves are notably divided on whether and how to act on climate change:

However, these measures will have to garner the vote of every Democrat in the Senate to pass, with Joe Manchin, a centrist from West Virginia, skeptical of the size and scope of the $3.5tn spending proposal. Manchin, a major recipient of donations from the coal industry, has said it “makes no sense” to pay utilities to phase in solar and wind power.

Manchin is reportedly set to block the clean electricity program, which forms the main muscle of the climate package. This could prove a hugely consequential blow to the effort to constrain dangerous global heating. “This is high on the list of most consequential actions ever taken by an individual senator,” tweeted the climate campaigner Bill McKibben. “You’ll be able to see the impact of this vain man in the geologic record.”

This internecine fight is just one manifestation of the persistent divide about how climate change might be tackled politically, with progressives taking it as a demonstration of how seeking the political middle ground is pointless and centrists drawing the opposite lesson that only climate policies with broad support will succeed.

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. October 19, 2021 at 9:14 pm

House lawmakers release early details of program that would overhaul electricity sector and slash fossil fuel emissions – CNNPolitics

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/politics/house-clean-energy-program-climate/index.html

. October 19, 2021 at 9:21 pm

The US was on the verge of passing real climate policy. Then Manchin happened.

The Clean Electricity Performance Program would have put America’s utilities on track to producing 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.

https://grist.org/politics/the-us-was-on-the-verge-of-passing-real-climate-policy-then-manchin-happened/

. October 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm

The Sunrise Climate Activists Are Going on Hunger Strike

Galvanized by news that Senator Joe Manchin might kill the Clean Energy Payment Program, climate activists will fast in front of the White House to demand Congress pass the reconciliation bill’s climate measures.

https://newrepublic.com/article/164062/sunrise-climate-activists-hunger-strike

. November 1, 2021 at 8:30 pm

Tired but determined, 5 young activists continue their hunger strike outside the White House

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/26/us/climate-hunger-strike-white-house/index.html

. November 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/21/11/06/0340217/as-demand-for-green-energy-grows-solar-farms-face-local-resistance

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/02/business/solar-farms-resistance.html

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