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Joe Manchin: threw cold water on another aspect of his party’s approach to climate policy

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Shock, shock: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin threw chilly water on one more side of his social gathering’s strategy to local weather coverage. Whereas the Biden administration has proposed increasing the favored electrical car tax credit score, Manchin referred to as the thought “ludicrous” throughout a Senate price range listening to on Thursday.

Manchin’s colleagues are angling to resurrect sure provisions within the catatonic-if-not-entirely-dead Construct Again Higher invoice, together with one to extend the present $7,500 credit score for electrical car purchases to as a lot as $12,500. However Manchin, who additionally mainly killed the $1.75 trillion Construct Again Higher plan, is not having it.

Joe Manchin
Official portrait, 2017
United States Senator
from West Virginia
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 15, 2010
Serving with Shelley Moore Capito
Preceded by Carte Goodwin
Chair of the Senate Energy Committee
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 3, 2021
Preceded by Lisa Murkowski
Ranking Member of the Senate Energy Committee
In office
January 3, 2019 – February 3, 2021
Preceded by Maria Cantwell
Succeeded by John Barrasso
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 11, 2010 – November 15, 2010
Preceded by Jim Douglas
Succeeded by Christine Gregoire
34th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 2005 – November 15, 2010
Preceded by Bob Wise
Succeeded by Earl Ray Tomblin
27th Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
January 15, 2001 – January 17, 2005
Governor Bob Wise
Preceded by Ken Hechler
Succeeded by Betty Ireland
Member of the West Virginia Senate
In office
December 1, 1986 – December 1, 1996
Preceded by Anthony Yanero
Succeeded by Roman Prezioso
Constituency
  • 14th district (1986–1992)
  • 13th district (1992–1996)
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 31st district
In office
December 1, 1982 – December 1, 1986
Preceded by Clyde See
Succeeded by Duane Southern
Personal details
Born
Joseph Manchin III

August 24, 1947 (age 74)
Farmington, West Virginia, U.S.

Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Gayle Connelly

(m. 1967)

Children 3, including Heather
Education West Virginia University (BBA)
Signature
Website Senate website

Manchin cited each current ready lists for EVs — particularly in gentle of tangled provide chains for the autos — and excessive gas costs as rationale for his resistance. He urged that lawmakers as a substitute direct extra funding towards growing hydrogen assets to decarbonize the transportation sector (a sophisticated and probably fraught proposition). In February, Manchin joined three Republicans to launch a working group to develop a hydrogen hub in West Virginia, which might enable for the continued use of fossil fuels and could be a significant win for pure fuel and coal producers in Manchin’s state. The proposal has already handed the Home, however getting Manchin on board will doubtless be essential to get it by means of the Senate as properly. Manchin has thrown a wrench in Democratic coverage plans up to now, together with the $1.75 trillion Construct Again Higher spending plan, which included local weather provisions that may have impacted clear vitality deployment and carbon removing analysis.

Manchin, who would seem to not care in any respect about supporting Democratic local weather insurance policies, lately convened a bipartisan assembly of senators to debate vitality safety and local weather change and gauge the place there could also be room for consensus. The senator advised POLITICO that the group’s first assembly went easily, however they’re “simply beginning.” However the notion that Manchin is dragging his ft has brought about frustration amongst Democrats, who’re skeptical an vitality tax package deal may get assist from 10 Republicans, and have their eye on the clock because the midterms rapidly strategy.

“That is our final, finest probability to take motion, and whether or not we do or not rests totally in Manchin’s arms,” a senior Democratic aide mentioned to CNN.

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