Manchin’s Climate Reversal Comes With Major Caveat: Expanding Oil and Gas

Conservative coal baron Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) announced on Wednesday that he has come to an agreement with Democratic leaders for a reconciliation bill with key climate, prescription drug price and tax reforms — with a major caveat to expand oil and gas exploration.

The bill is named the Inflation Reduction ActIncludes roughly $433 billion in new spendingAccording to, $369 billion is for climate and energy proposals. a one page summary of the bill.

It is possible to have climate provisions. Improvement over Manchin’s supposed opposition to any and all climate spending, which aides and staffers thought was his position two weeks ago. New proposals by Manchin to expand oil & gas exploration on public lands could jeopardize climate provisions.

Importantly, according to BloombergThe bill essentially locks the government into permitting new oil and gas leases for the next decadeThe bill requires that the Interior Department must first sell oil and gas leases if it wants to allow new wind or solar rights on federal lands.

This is a major caveat to the bill’s touted climate spending, UnderminingYears of climate activists’President Joe Biden should end oil and gas leasing sales and go against even conservative energy organizations’Recommendations to the country for stopping all new fossil fuel project or failing to meet the global goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

According to the bill’s summary, it would cut U.S. emissions by about 40 percent by 2030, though it’s unclear where that figure comes from. Still, it falls short of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) promise of 45 percentThe reductions achieved last year are even less than the goal to cut emissions by half by 2030. Last August, Democrats promised to deliver.

These are the goals it would accomplish reductions throughClean energy tax credits for electric vehicles, as well as provisions to encourage oil and gas companies reduce their methane emissions. consumer incentivesFor things like heat pumpsRooftop solar. There have been previous suggestions, such as the Clean Electricity Performance Program to penalize utilities for failing to ensure clean energy shifts.

The bill also allocates $64 trillion towards these projects extending enhancedSubventions for the Affordable Care Act will lower premiums for low income Americans. These proposals, along with a $300 billion reduction of the deficit, are paid for through several revenue raising provisions.

The bill would generate approximately $388 billion. allowing Medicare to negotiateSeniors would pay lower prices for a small number of drugs, and their annual out-of-pocket costs for drugs would be limited to $2,000. Tax reforms would raise the rest, including a 15% minimum corporate taxA rise in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)To increase tax enforcement Close the loophole in carried interest, which allows wealthy taxpayers and private equity managers the ability to avoid high tax rates.

These proposals make up nearly all of the available options. Much smallerDemocrats and progressives are more concerned with the bill than Democrats We had been fighting forLast year, provisions like paid family leave and medical leave, universal preschool, a Civilian Climate Corps or Medicare expansion were not included.

There’s still no guarantee that the bill will pass. Climate advocates will undoubtedly object to the oil-and-gas leasing provisions. However, conservative Democrats such as Sen. Kyrsten Silena (Arizona), Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (New Jersey), may oppose any proposals. tax corporations and the wealthy, Precautions regarding drug pricingWhich climate spending is included in this bill?

Gottheimer has already been rallying fellow conservatives to oppose any new taxes in the bill and was key last year in killing Democrats’ larger prescription drug pricing goals for the Build Back Better Act. Sinema, however, has not yet made any comments on the Inflation Reduction Act. dealt a major blow to the climate portion of Democrats’ reconciliation bill last year and ultimately played a large hand in killing the bill altogether.