Democratic senator Joe Manchin voted for the “Inflation Reduction Act” because, in a side deal, Senate Majority Leader Schumer agreed to a later bill (to be brought up this month). Supposedly, that agreement would relax environmental reviews of fossil fuel projects such as Western Virginia’s Mountain Valley Pipeline. But, as we reported earlier, Democrats may not go along.
Now, according to EcoWatch:
“Black, Indigenous, and people of color from across the country rallied on Thursday [Sept. 8], demanding Congress and President Biden reject an energy permitting overhaul that would expedite fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines like the beleaguered Mountain Valley Pipeline.”
And Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is against it, says ABC News:
“Sanders’ opposition adds to the growing progressive pressure in the House, where some left-wing lawmakers have likewise threatened to block the government funding bill if it includes Manchin’s desired changes to energy permitting.”
So what’s a deal worth?
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