Energy & Environment - Manchin Strikes 'Revenge Policy' Amid GOP Opposition

Energy & Environment – Manchin Strikes ‘Revenge Policy’ Amid GOP Opposition

Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) condemns Republican opposition to his permit package while saying the long-awaited text will arrive Wednesday.

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Manchin says he will allow text to come Wednesday

Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) condemned what he described as a “politics of revenge” as many Republicans resisted his efforts to speed up the approval process for energy projects.

  • “It’s like the politics of revenge, basically revenge on one person: me. And I think, ‘it’s not about me,'” he told reporters on Tuesday.
  • “I hear the Republican leadership is upset and they’re saying ‘we’re not going to give Joe Manchin a win’ – Joe Manchin is not looking for a win,” he added. “We have good legislation which is extremely balanced and I think it will prove itself over time. The bottom line is how much suffering and how much pain do you want to inflict on the American people right now.

Republicans felt left out after Manchin announced his support for the Democratic bill hours after the Senate passed a bipartisan computer chip and science bill. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had previously threatened passage of that bill if Democrats proceeded with their bill.

Meanwhile, across the aisle, a coalition of liberal Democrats also rallied to resist the effort, arguing it would undermine environmental inspections that often lengthen the permitting process.

But Manchin said Tuesday that “we’re not bypassing any environmental reviews,” which he said was the key difference between his package and a separate proposal from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.).

Incoming text: The senator told reporters that the text of his proposal would be released on Wednesday and would explicitly speed up the approval process for the Mountain Valley pipeline.

Read more about Manchin’s remarks here.

WHAT THE GOP SAYS

Senate Republicans are threatening to scupper Manchin’s side deal to authorize the reform, in part because they are still angered by the West Virginia Democrat’s flip-flop on the sweeping health bill. climate, health, and taxes that Congress passed last month.

  • Republican senators say a continued resolution combined with Manchin’s enabling reform proposal is unlikely to get 10 GOP votes in the upper house.
  • They say there is little appetite to give Manchin a big political and political victory after he shocked them over the summer by announcing a deal with Schumer on the Cut Inflation Act .

“I don’t think you can count on Republicans to commit to voting for something they haven’t seen,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who expressed concern over the fact that Manchin has yet to circulate an updated draft of his permissions reform bill.

Baby now we got bad blood: “Generally, Republicans are for reform. I think given what Senator Manchin has done on the reconciliation bill, it has spawned a lot of bad blood,” Cornyn added.

Read more about the Republican stance here, from Alexander Bolton of The Hill.

Puerto Rico outages prompt call for investigation

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) on Tuesday called for a federal investigation into Puerto Rican energy supplier Luma Energy after Hurricane Fiona swept through US territory and initially knocked out power throughout the ‘island.

James sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging them to investigate the “outages frequent and long” in Puerto Rico since Luma Energy took over. operation of the electricity network in 2021.

  • “While I fully support ongoing relief efforts to help Puerto Rico, I am convinced that we need long-term structural support for the island, not just band-aids that take us from crisis to the other,” James said in a statement. “One of those structural challenges is the electrical grid and the electricity supply that Puerto Ricans rely on for their basic needs.”
  • “Puerto Ricans are rightly concerned about the failures of LUMA, the island’s electricity provider,” she added.

After Hurricane Fiona made landfall on Sunday, it knocked out power to about 1.5 million customers on the island. The entire network eventually failed, affecting over 3 million Puerto Rican residents.

As of Tuesday, more than one million customers on the island are still without power, according to PowerOutage.us, and many Puerto Ricans do not have access to clean water.

Read more about The Hill’s Brad Dress here.

SENATE ADVANCE CLIMATE TREATY

A climate treaty known as the Kigali Amendment passed a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, suggesting it is likely to win enough support when it is soon taken up.

The Senate voted 64 to 30 in favor of advancing the treaty, which calls for the gradual reduction of extremely potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons.

Three Democrats were among the lawmakers who did not vote, so barring any changes or surprises, the treaty should squeeze in with at least the 67 votes it needs to be ratified.

In 2020, the United States passed a law mandating the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons.

ON SALE TOMORROW

  • The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on water infrastructure
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to Hold Hearing on Bipartisan Infrastructure Act
  • The National Parks Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the pending legislation
  • House Natural Resources Committee to Annotate Fisheries Legislation

WHAT WE READ

  • Midwestern states agree to collaborate on expanding hydrogen production and use (Cleveland.com)
  • Pentagon’s switch to PFAS-free foam spurs ‘tidal wave’ of change (Bloomberg’s Law)
  • Nigeria is grappling with the worst flooding in years; 300 killed in 2022 (The Associated Press)

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