Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) may be on the receiving end of a stab in the back as 71 House Democrats warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that Manchin’s deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may cause them to sink a continuing resolution on spending and bring about a government shutdown.
Schumer’s deal with Manchin was to attach a permitting provision onto the spending package that would lead to easier drilling for oil and natural gas, as well as approval to complete a 90% finished gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia.
In return for these provisions, Manchin agreed to vote for President Joe Biden’s $739 “inflation reduction” extra spending plan, most of which is going into the green energy black hole and will make existing inflation worse instead of better.
With the spending vote over, and Manchin as the 50th vote under the budget reconciliation process, Democrats now seem to be turning on Manchin and threatening the powers that be that if Manchin gets what he wants, they will sink the whole ship.
“In the face of the existential threats like climate change and MAGA extremism, House and Senate leadership has a greater responsibility than ever to avoid risking a government shutdown by jamming divisive policy riders into a must-pass continuing resolution,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) wrote. “Permitting reform hurts already-overburdened communities, puts polluters on an even faster track, and divides the caucus.”
Schumer has said he will put Manchin’s provisions into the continuing spending bill as promised, but that doesn’t mean the House has to pass it.
Its inclusion would be one way to square the reality of scare energy resources with a growing need on Congress’s part to deal with what they perceive as a climate change problem, however.
Prominent voices that support green energy like Elon Musk of Tesla have said they see a need for domestic oil and gas production increases while green initiatives are further developed, due to widespread oil and gas shortages caused by the Russian war on Ukraine and sanctions related to that conflict.
Recent developments have shown that green energy still has crushing limitations that would negatively impact several industries and hurt Americans’ way of life.
In California, people who were told to buy electric cars are now being told not to charge them, or to limit charging between certain hours.
Charging problems have been widespread challenges for many electric car owners, and will likely require expensive upgrades to the electrical grid that could take years to complete.
What MAGA extremism has to do with Manchin’s promised provisions is anyone’s guess, but of course hard-left Democrats had to throw that in anyway.