Joe Manchin’s Anti-Environment Amendment Defeated Despite Support from Biden, Schumer

Just a reminder that the Democratic Party, along with the GOP, is no friend of the environment. Here we have a powerful Democratic Senator and the President conspiring to help the fossil fuel industry. And it was a dirty deal done under the cover of the defense budget, which always passes:

The U.S. climate movement and people on the frontlines of the planetary crisis celebrated Thursday after the U.S. Senate declined to add Sen. Joe Manchin’s fossil fuel-friendly permitting bill to a military spending package.

…”Defeated for the third time this year, this zombie bill would have fast-tracked dangerous fossil fuel and mining projects that would undercut the positive impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act,” explained Chelsea Hodgkins, Oxfam America’s climate policy adviser. “Sen. Manchin’s proposal would do nothing to address the real barriers to renewable energy development, which include fully resourcing underfunded agencies and investing in community-supported renewable systems.”

…”We are thrilled that Manchin’s push to get his Big Oil wish list attached to must-pass legislation has failed for the third time,” said Ariel Moger, government and political affairs director at Friends of the Earth. “Leader Schumer and Democrats who voted for the dirty deal should be ashamed of themselves.”

…Ahead of the vote, Biden on Thursday reiterated his support for Manchin’s proposal, provoking widespread outrage.

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