Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) came together in agreement to establish fossil fuel-based energy projects.
According to a report by The Hill, the agreement was harshly criticized by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday.
According to Schumer, who spoke with reporters on Wednesday, the temporary budget package must be approved by September 30 in order to avoid a government shutdown.
President Biden’s promise to cut carbon emissions by half by 2030 will be jeopardized, according to Sanders, who denounced the pact as “a huge giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.”
“I rise this morning to express by strong opposition to the so-called side deal that the fossil fuel industry is pushing to make it easier for them to pollute the environment and destroy our planet,” Sanders said.
He claimed that Manchin’s plan would make it simpler for the fossil fuel sector to get approvals and complete some of the “some of the dirtiest and most polluting oil and gas projects in America.”
The pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina would “produce emissions equivalent to 37 coal plants or over 27 million cars every and every year,” he continued, adding that the bill would hasten its approval.
“Really, at a time when climate change is threatening the very existence of our planet, why would anybody be talking about substantially increasing carbon emissions and expanding fossil fuel production in the United States?” Sanders asked.
Sanders makes his plea
Sanders urged his colleagues to vote against the agreement, saying he recognized the influence that the oil, gas, and coal industries have “in our corrupt political system.”
Despite growing resistance from progressive House Democrats, permitting reform has a very good chance of passing if it is attached to a continuing resolution.
To get Manchin’s support for the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which will allocate more than $300 billion to initiatives to combat climate change and advance domestic energy production, Schumer claimed he made a pledge to approve the measure.
“Permitting reform is part of the IRA, and we will get it done,” Schumer said.
The Democratic leader acknowledged last month that he was not happy to agree to the reform of permitting, but he pointed out that it may aid in the development of projects to extract both renewable and fossil fuels.
“In terms of the permitting reform, I didn’t like it but it was something that Sen. Manchin wanted,” Schumer told reporters in early August. “And in fact it has some very good things for the environment. It’s going to make permitting easier for clean energy.”