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Hooray! Senator Manchin Finally Kills Biden's Build Back Better Initiative

Thank you Senator Manchin for killing Build Back Better.
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Senator Joe Manchin Kills Reconcilliation Bill

De Facto Veto

I am pleased to report Manchin Crushes Biden’s Hopes for Revival of Economic Agenda

Manchin told Majority Leader Chuck Schumer he’s only willing to support legislation to lower prescription drug prices and extend enhanced Affordable Care Act subsidies, the people said. That leaves Democrats in a position of accepting a much smaller package shorn of nearly all of their long-term ambitions from a year ago, or getting nothing.

His decision is a de facto veto of Biden’s hopes to revive the economic plan that fizzled last year, angering Democratic progressives who had been counting on sweeping policy wins. Manchin’s vote is pivotal in the evenly divided Senate, where Democrats need a united caucus to pass the economic package by simple majority under special budget reconciliation rules.

Just days ago, Manchin and Schumer were negotiating over hundreds of billions in spending on measures designed to fight climate change, including tax breaks for renewable energy, electric vehicles and other clean power sources. The loss of those plans will be a bitter pill for many Democrats on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Solar stocks fell in early US trading.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat my disappointment here,” Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, who previously talked with Manchin about a package of clean energy incentives, said in a statement. “This is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic -- and costly -- effects of climate change.”

“Political headlines are of no value to the millions of Americans struggling to afford groceries and gas as inflation soars to 9.1%,” said Manchin spokeswoman Sam Runyon. “Senator Manchin believes it’s time for leaders to put political agendas aside, reevaluate and adjust to the economic realities the country faces to avoid taking steps that add fuel to the inflation fire.”

Green New Deal Advocates Incensed

Solar Stocks Take a Hit

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Demands an Executive Order to Address Climate

Executive Beast Mode

"With legislative climate options now closed, it’s now time for executive Beast Mode."

Sheldon Whitehouse is delusional. The Supreme Court would easily kill executive overreach. 

This court has already done so many times.

Climate Change Fearmongering and Scorched Earth

The Washington Post discusses Manchin's Stunning Blow to Climate Change.

Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), whose panel has jurisdiction over the clean energy tax credits in the package, lamented that “nearly all the issues in the climate and energy space had been resolved” after months of deliberations.

“This is our last chance to prevent the most catastrophic — and costly — effects of climate change," Wyden said in a statement. "We can’t come back in another decade and forestall hundreds of billions — if not trillions — in economic damage and undo the inevitable human toll.”

Without the reconciliation bill, America is on track to miss President Biden's target of cutting the nation's emissions 50 to 52 percent by 2030, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm.

Jamal Raad, who leads the climate advocacy group Evergreen Action, told The Climate 202 that the White House no longer has an excuse to consider approving new fossil fuel projects to help secure Manchin's elusive vote.

He called on Biden to block fossil fuel infrastructure that would lock in emissions for decades to come, including ConocoPhillips's Willow project on Alaska's North Slope and new offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters.

The White House needs to end the Willow project and all new leasing in the Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska,” Raad said. “They need to send a message that if [Manchin] isn't going to play ball to invest in clean energy, what the White House is doing on fossil fuels is done.”

Democrats' Message Already Understood

The oil and gas industry already understands the setup.

This administration has a goal of killing fossil fuels and with that US energy independence.

Killing fossil fuels would me massively inflationary and it's a lie to say otherwise.

Senator Joe Biden on Killing the Deal

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"What the Washington Post failed to say was I said, until we see the July inflation figures, until we see the July Federal Reserve interest rates, then let's wait until that comes out until we know that we are going down the path that won't be inflammatory, to add more to inflation."

"Inflation is absolutely killing many, many people. They can't buy gasoline, they have a hard time buying groceries. Everything they buy and consume for their daily lives is a hardship to them." 

"And can't we wait to be sure that we do nothing to add to that. And I can't make that decision on taxes of any type, and also on the energy and climate because it takes the taxes to pay for the investment in the clean technology that I am in favor of. But I am not going to overreach and cause more problems."

"My main goal is what's good for my country. I'm not worried about what's good for the Democrat or Republican parties. The bottom line is the American people are getting short-sided by the political timetables and the political gesturing that's going on."

The Bottom Line and Manchin Caught It 

"I was very clear, when the President and I talked. Mr. President, this piece of legislation is going to change our country from what John Kennedy said, ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country."

"This piece of legislation will change us to how much more can my country do for me. And we are thirty and a half trillion dollars in debt and climbing."

"There's no such thing as build back better again."

Thank You Senator!

Thank you Senator Manchin for finally killing Build Back Better.

Let the Progressives howl. We do not need any more of their inflationary free money or Green New Deal nonsense.

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