Washington – The most powerful part of President Biden’s climate agenda – a program to quickly replace the country’s coal and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear power – could come down from Congress’s huge budget cuts. Congressional staff and lobbyists familiar with the matter.
Three of the men, John Manchini III, a coal-rich West Virginia voter who is critical of the bill, told the White House that they strongly oppose a clean electricity program. As a result, White House staffers are now rewriting the law without that climate supply and are trying to combine other policies that could reduce emissions.
Biden’s administration spokesman declined to comment, and Manchi’s spokesman did not respond to an email request.
The $ 150 billion clean energy program was the backbone of Biden’s power-hungry climate agenda. Rewards utilities that go from burning fossils to renewable energy sources, and punishing those who do not punish.
Experts say it will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade and be part of a strong climate change policy approved by the United States.
Democrats hoped to include in their draft budget a broader social security network that would allow them to move forward without a Republican vote. The party is still trying to figure out how to transfer the budget to $ 1 trillion in infrastructure.
For weeks, Democratic leaders have vowed that strong climate change provisions – in particular, a clean electricity program – will be at the heart of it all. Progressive Democrats: “No climate, no agreement!” They held a series of rallies.
Mr. Manchin, who has a personal financial connection to the coal industry, initially intended to write the details of the program as chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Mr. Manchini was thinking of a clean energy program that would convert resources from coal to natural gas, which, despite its low pollution, still emits carbon dioxide and could emit methane, another greenhouse gas. Manchin’s hometown, West Virginia, is one of the nation’s largest producers of coal and gas.
But in recent days, Mr Manchini has told the administration that he is now completely opposed to the clean energy program, according to people familiar with the conversation.
As a result, White House staff are rushing to calculate the impact of the bill on emissions from other climate measures, including tax incentives for renewable energy companies and tax credits for consumers who buy electric vehicles. In contrast to the pure electricity program, tax incentives tend to end over time, and a more sustainable strategy does not have the power of market fluctuations.
Within a year and a half, climate change, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods have led scientists to try to significantly reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions – mostly carbon dioxide and methane. The United States has promised the rest of the world a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 by 2005.
Mr. Biden will meet with other world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glagow, Scotland, as evidence of the planet’s historic historic United States. -It was difficult to direct global efforts to reduce pollution, reduce emissions, and fight climate change.
Four years after former US President Donald J. Trump publicly mocked climate science and adopted policies to encourage the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, the United States is closely monitoring its commitment to global warming.
Mr. Beden hoped that a quarter of the country would enact legislation to clean up the greenhouse gas industry. Anyone who owns the White House needs an effective program that will last well after they leave office.
At least a number of other climate regulations are still in place to extend existing tax credits for utilities, businesses and zero-carbon sources such as wind and solar and $ 32 billion in taxes. Thanks to individuals who buy electric vehicles. It could include $ 13.5 billion for electric-charging stations and $ 9 billion to upgrade the grid, making it more efficient to transport wind and solar energy, and could include $ 17.5 billion to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from federal buildings and vehicles.
But analysts say that while those spending programs have made it easier and cheaper for the US economy to move to a lower pollution future, they are not necessarily leading to the same rapid change in clean energy programs.
Democrats may also try to push for a clean bill of health as an independent account – but with the 2022 mid-term elections approaching, time is running out.