Manchin’s Big Oil Giveaway Deal Garners Opposition From Both Sides of the Aisle

Conservative coal baronSen. Joe Manchin (D. West Virginia) released the text for a 91-page permitting proposal containing huge giveaways to the fossil fuel industry on Wednesday night — and senators from both sides of the aisle have expressed their disapproval.

The result of a DealManchin and Democratic leaders were able to convince the conservative Democrat to Support the Inflation Reduction Act.. It would expediteFossil fuel projects, such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline will weaken the National Environmental Policy Act. require President Joe BidenYou can choose from 25 energy projects to prioritize, which includes a “minimum” numberBig Oil’s priorities include fossil fuel and carbon capture projectsAccording to the summary, the bill.

The proposal would, in short, be: majorly ramp up the permitting and construction process for a wide swath of fossil fuel projects and would further entrench the fossil fuel industry for years to come — posing a major threat to a livable planet.

Democratic leaders were planning for the proposal IncludedTo avoid a government shut down, the government spending bill will need to be passed by the month’s end. Now that the deal text has been released, lawmakers representing both major parties have voiced their opposition to it, potentially causing Manchin to lose the proposal.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D.Virginia) was the latest Democrat to voice opposition to the bill. told reporters that the provisions for the Mountain Valley Pipeline are “completely unacceptable. I was not consulted. I will do everything I can to oppose it.”

“Allowing a corporation that is unhappy about losing a case to strip jurisdiction away from the entire court that has handled the case? Unprecedented,” added KaineReferring to a proposal to make it mandatory to bring litigation against the pipeline be moved fromThe 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which repeatedly ruled against it, to the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit. “It would open the door for massive abuse and corruption.”

Kaine joins a small chorusThere are many Democratic senators that oppose the deal. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democratic senator from Oregon, led the opposition to the deal. On Wednesday, he wrote a letter asking for the bill to be voted separately from the budget bill. That way, opponents could vote against it without fearing a government shutdown.

The letter was signed among others by Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), and Bernie Sanders(I-Vermont).

“We have heard extensive concerns from the environmental justice community regarding the proposed permitting reforms and are writing to convey the importance of those concerns, and to let you know that we share them,” the lawmakers wrote, per Politico. Only Sanders has publicly made the pledge to vote against the budget bill if Manchin’s proposal is included.

In the meantime, it seems that Republicans are thriving oppose the dealA desire to exact revenge on the passage of the IRA. Nearly all Senate Republicans have signed onto the fossil fuel permitting proposal of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia. Their proposal is similar to Manchin’s bill, with provisions like fast tracking the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but would go further in opening up avenues for air and water pollution with provisions like removing the Clean Air Act requirement for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review federal construction projects. The GOP proposal has little chance of passing the budget bill or being attached to it.

Manchin’s proposal also faces opposition from Democrats in the House. Last week, a group of Of 77 House Democrats sent a letter to the chamber’s leadership, urging them to oppose the inclusion of Manchin’s deal in the government spending bill, saying that the provisions amount to “attempts to short-circuit or undermine the law in the name of ‘reform.’”

Climate and Appalachian activistsHave spoken outAgainst the deal hundreds of groupsSending multiple lettersAnd Leading protestsThey claim that this is a huge and unacceptable giveaway to fossil energy.

“We’ll never get off fossil fuels if Congress keeps greasing the skids to make it ever easier to approve dirty gas pipelines, refineries and other polluting infrastructure,” government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity Brett Hartl said in a press release that characterizes Manchin’s deal as the “most significant environmental rollback in decades.”

“Any member of Congress who claims this disastrous legislation is vital for ramping up renewables either doesn’t understand or is ignoring the enormous fossil fuel giveaways at stake,” Hartl continued.

Appalachian organizers are furious at the deal, claiming that it will cause irreparable damage to their organization. years of progressLocal Indigenous and community activists are fighting for their rights.

​​”For eight years we have tirelessly fought the Mountain Valley Pipeline and other fossil fuel projects in West Virginia and Virginia,” Russell Chisholm, Mountain Valley Watch coordinator, said in a statement. “Nearly a decade of our lives and our health has been shaped by fighting these unnecessary projects as the climate crisis escalates and pummels our homes with intensified storms and floods. Manchin’s dirty pipeline deal is an insult to his constituents and furthers a fossil-fueled death sentence to many people and the planet.”