‘We’ll beat you again’: Climate advocates blast White House for trying to resurrect Joe Manchin’s dirty deal

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“Shame on President Biden and the White House for doubling down on environmental deregulation to benefit dirty industry,” said one campaigner.

Sen. Joe Manchin may have pulled the plug on efforts to include his dirty permitting deal in must-pass government funding legislation, but the Biden White House said late Tuesday that it intends to seek out another “vehicle” to pass the gift to the fossil fuel industry, prompting climate advocates to vow to tank the measure again if necessary.

In a statement after Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to remove the permitting overhaul from the government funding bill, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made clear that President Joe Biden doesn’t intend to let the measure die despite fresh warnings over its potentially disastrous emissions impacts.

“The president supports Senator Manchin’s plan because it is necessary for our energy security, and to make more clean energy available to the American people,” Jean-Pierre said. “We will continue to work with him to find a vehicle to bring this bill to the floor and get it passed and to the president’s desk.”

Climate groups reacted with anger to Biden’s insistence on a path forward for the proposed permitting overhaul, which would weaken bedrock environmental laws and fast-track dirty energy projects such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a top priority of Manchin and his fossil fuel industry donors.

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