Energy and environment – Manchin hits the “politics of revenge” among the GOP opposition

Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) is condemning the Republican opposition to his authorization package, also saying the long-awaited text will arrive on Wednesday.

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Manchin says the authorization message will arrive on Wednesday

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

  • “It’s like the politics of revenge, basically revenge on one person: me. And I’m thinking, ‘It’s not about me,’ “she told reporters on Tuesday.
  • “I have heard that the Republican leadership is upset and they are saying ‘we will not give Joe Manchin a win’ – Joe Manchin is not looking for a win,” he added. “We have a good piece of legislation that is extremely balanced and I think it will prove itself in time. The bottom line is how much suffering and how much pain you want to inflict on the American people for the time being.

Republicans felt rejected after Manchin announced his support for the Democratic bill just hours after a bipartisan bill on computer and science chips passed in the Senate. Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Had previously threatened to pass that bill if the Democrats followed their bill.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, a coalition of Liberal Democrats also gathered to resist the effort, claiming it will cut back on environmental inspections that often extend the licensing process.

But Manchin said Tuesday that “we are not bypassing any of the environmental reviews,” which he said was the main difference between his package 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 Wednesday and that it would explicitly speed up the approval process for the Mountain Valley pipeline.

Read more about Manchin’s remarks here.

WHAT THE GOP SAYS

Senate Republicans are threatening to derail the Manchin sideline reform permit, partly because they are still angry about the West Virginia Democrats’ flip-flop over the large climate, health and tax bill. that Congress passed last month.

  • Republican senators say a continuing resolution combined with the proposed Manchin permit reform will likely not get 10 GOP votes in the upper house.
  • They say there is little appetite for giving Manchin a big political and political victory after he shocked them over the summer by announcing a deal with Schumer on the law on reducing inflation.

“I don’t think you can count on any Republican pledging to vote for something they haven’t seen,” said Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who expressed concern that Manchin has not yet released a updated draft of its authorization reform bill.

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

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

Puerto Rico outages require investigation

On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) called for a federal investigation into Puerto Rican energy supplier Luma Energy after Hurricane Fiona struck U.S. territory and initially cut off electricity across the country. island.

James sent a letter to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging them to probe the “frequent and long outages” throughout Puerto Rico since Luma Energy took over the operation of the electricity grid in 2021.

  • “While I fully support the ongoing relief efforts to help Puerto Rico, I am convinced that we need long-term structural support for the island, not just patches to take us from crisis to crisis,” said James. in a note. “One of these structural challenges is the electrical grid and electricity supply that Puerto Ricans rely on for basic needs.”
  • “Puerto Ricans are rightly concerned about the failures of LUMA, the island’s electricity supplier,” he added.

After Hurricane Fiona landed on Sunday, it cut off electricity for the island’s roughly 1.5 million customers. The entire network ultimately failed, affecting Puerto Rico’s more than 3 million residents.

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

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

THE SENATE ADVANCES THE TREATY ON CLIMATE

A climate treaty known as the Kigali Amendment passed a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, suggesting it is likely to get sufficient support when it is adopted soon.

The Senate voted 64-30 in favor of advancing the treaty, which provides for the phasing out of the extremely potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons.

Among the lawmakers who did not vote were three Democrats, so barring changes or surprises, the treaty should get away with at least the 67 votes needed for ratification.

In 2020, the United States passed a law requiring the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons.

TOMORROW AT THE TAP

  • The House Internal Security Commission will hold a hearing on water infrastructure
  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Commission will hold a hearing on the bipartisan law on infrastructure
  • The National Parks Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on pending legislation
  • The House’s Natural Resources Committee will strengthen fisheries legislation

WHAT WE ARE READING

  • Midwestern states agree to partner to expand hydrogen production and use (Cleveland.com)
  • Pentagon switches to PFAS-free foam that stimulates the “tidal wave” of change (Bloomberg’s law)
  • Nigeria fights the worst floods in recent years; 300 killed in 2022 (The Associated Press)

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