Energy and Environment – Manchin pursues a policy of revenge amid opposition from the Republican Party

Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) condemns Republican opposition to his permit package while also saying the much-anticipated text will come on Wednesday.

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Manchin says allow messages to be sent on Wednesday

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

  • “It’s like a politics of revenge, basically getting revenge on one person: me. It’s not about me,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
  • “I heard the Republican leadership is upset and they say ‘We’re not going to give a victory to the Joe Mansion’ – the Joe Mansion is not looking for a victory,” he added. “We have very good and balanced legislation and I think it will prove itself in time. Bottom line, how much suffering and how much pain you want to inflict on the American people at that time.”

Republicans were scorned after Manchin announced his support for the Democrats’ bill hours after the bipartisan computer chips and science bill passed in the Senate. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) had previously threatened to pass this bill if Democrats followed their bill.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, a coalition of liberal Democrats has also come together to resist the effort, arguing that it will undermine the environmental inspections that often warrant the permitting process.

But Manchin said Tuesday that “we’re not going beyond any of the environmental reviews,” which he said was the main difference between his group and a separate proposal from Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.).

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

Read more about Manchin’s comments here.

What does the Republican Party say?

Senate Republicans are threatening to scuttle Manchin’s side deal on allowing reform, in part because they remain furious about the swings Democrats in West Virginia have over the sweeping climate, health and tax law passed by Congress last month.

  • Republican senators say the ongoing resolution along with Manchin’s reform proposal likely won’t get 10 GOP votes in the Senate.
  • They say there is little desire to give Manchin a major political and political victory after he shocked them over the summer by announcing a deal with Schumer on the Inflation Reduction Act.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who has raised concerns about the fact that Manchin has not yet circulated an updated draft of its reform bill.

Baby, now we have bad blood: In general, Republicans are allowed to reform. I think given what Senator Manchin did on the reconciliation bill, it generated a lot of blood,” Cornyn added.

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

Puerto Rico power outage calls for investigation

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D-D) on Tuesday called for a federal investigation into Puerto Rican power supplier Loma Energy after Hurricane Fiona swept through the US mainland and initially caused power outages across the island.

James sent a letter to the US Department of Energy (DOE), FEMA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging them to investigate “frequent and prolonged outages” across Puerto Rico since Luma Energy took charge of electrical grid operations 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 the aid tools that take us from one crisis to the next,” James said in a statement. “One of those structural challenges is the power and electrical supply network that Puerto Ricans rely on for basic necessities.”
  • “Puerto Ricans are rightly concerned about the failures of LUMA, the island’s electricity supplier,” she added.

After Hurricane Fiona made landfall on Sunday, it cut power to nearly 1.5 million customers on the island. The entire network eventually failed, affecting more than 3 million Puerto Ricans.

As of Tuesday, more than a million customers on the island are still without power, according to PowerOutage.us, and many Puerto Ricans lack safe drinking water.

Read more here, from The Hill’s Brad Dress.

Senate advances climate treaty

The climate treaty known as the Kigali Amendment passed a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, indicating that it will likely gain enough support when it is taken up soon.

The Senate voted 64 to 30 in favor of pushing the treaty, which calls for the phase-out of the highly potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons.

Three Democrats were among the lawmakers who did not vote, so in the absence of any changes or surprises, the treaty should be pressed by the at least 67 votes it needs to ratify.

In 2020, the United States passed a law to phase out HFCs.

On tap tomorrow

  • The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a he heard on the water infrastructure
  • The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a he heard On the bipartisan infrastructure law
  • The National Parks Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on pending legislation
  • The Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives will encode Fisheries Legislation

what we read

  • Midwest states agree to cooperate in expanding hydrogen production and use (Cleveland.com)
  • The Pentagon turns into a PFAS-free foam that stimulates a ‘tidal wave’ of change (Bloomberg Law)
  • Nigeria struggles with worst floods in years; 300 dead in 2022 (Associated Press)

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