Bernie Sanders Joe Manchin
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) walks past Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee mark up, on Capitol Hill on May 03, 2022 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
  • If the bill included a Manchin deal on energy, he would oppose it.

  • The bill will make it easier to build a new oilpipeline.

  • There was a threat of a revolt among House Democrats.

The senator from Vermont said on Thursday that he wouldn't support a short-term government funding bill if Democrats attached legislation to ease the construction of oil and gas infrastructure.

I will not vote for a bill that will make it easier for Big Oil to destroy the planet and that is the one I am against. The continuing resolution should not be held hostage by Big Oil.

While Democrats and Republicans work on a year-long spending bill, the government will continue to be funded with a continuing resolution. The permitting reforms are meant to speed up the approval of energy infrastructure projects.

The legislation was passed in order to get Manchin's vote for the inflation reduction act. The slimmed-down version of Biden's economic agenda depended on Manchin's support.

The reformers give the oil industry a boost when the country should be investing in renewable energy according to the Progressives. The permitting changes are in opposition to the energy policy the US should be pursuing.

Why would anyone talk about increasing carbon emissions and fossil fuel production at a time when climate change is threatening the very existence of our planet? "That's right." At least 59 House Democrats would release a letter stating their opposition to the deal.

The IRA funding for clean energy projects was one of the reasons why Manchin defended his position. Increased energy production from fossil fuels is needed to address more pressing energy demands according to the senator from West Virginia.

Manchin told Insider that he wouldn't have done it if he thought it was bad for the climate. "We're talking about solar farms, wind farms, but we have to have the power that we need right now."

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