Climate Change Battle - A Promising Environmental Bill Gets Crushed
The climate change battle has long been waged both by governments and private organizations. One U.S. senator crafted a bill aiming to hasten the country’s energy-related projects. Alas! It didn’t get an approval. What are America’s other options when it comes to dealing with climate change issues?
K. N.Sep 29, 202223 Shares393 Views
It almost seemed that a bill would soon aid the U.S. with its climate change battle, but the efforts of its author went down the drain.
Not only did the bill, which intends to fast-track government projects to combat climate change, received heavy criticisms, most of those in Congress did not support it.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, no less than environmental groups reproached his proposed bill, reported Reuters.
To add insult to injury, some of Sen. Manchin’s fellow Democrats joined in denouncing the bill.
Other environmental advocates, however, expressed their regret. For them, the bill can effectively address climate change.
Environmental groups are divided on this one. One side believes the passing of the bill will only pave way for more fossil fuel projects. The other side trusts that it will promote renewable energy.
In the ongoing climate change battle, whose side is right and whose side is wrong?
Manchin: 'We Have A Great Opportunity' On Energy Permitting Bill
As chairman of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, it will not be surprising if Senator Joe Manchin will lead the climate change battle.
Based on the committee’s website, the senator proposed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022on September 21, 2022. In a nutshell, it’s a “comprehensive permitting reform package.”
As the committee further explains:
These federal permitting reforms for energy and minerals projects would allow for the increased American energy production . . . providing relief . . . on energy bills while bolstering . . . energy security.- U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
For those reasons, he was compelled to suggest permitting reforms.
That way, government projects in relation to the climate change battle will progress at a faster pace. This will then lead to money-saving opportunities for the government.
To drive his point further, the senator shared a long-held belief:
I’ve always said the energy we produce in America is cleaner - and can be even cleaner - than energy produced around the world.- U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin (West Virginia)
According to the senator, all America needs to do is to act fast, and to act fast, permitting reforms should be in place, which is what his bill is fundamentally about.
The senator also mentioned “revenge politics.” He assumed that it could be one of the reasons why Republican senators and other legislators would probably reject the bill.
Sen. Manchin clarified that the bill was not about him. Rather, it’s about America’s climate change battle. For him, it’s for every American.
Senator Joe Manchin in plaid suit and smiling at the podium