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Biden Unveils Plan to Curb U.S. Emissions, But Climate Agenda Could Be Blocked by Manchin

HeadlineSep 20, 2021

On Friday, President Biden unveiled a plan by the U.S. and Europe to cut global methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade.

President Joe Biden: “For our part in America, I’m working to pass historic investment and to modernize our climate-resilient infrastructure, to build a clean energy future that creates millions of jobs and ushers in new industries of the future. As part of this work, the United States is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030.”

But it’s unclear if Biden’s pledges will be possible given the ongoing obstruction of Democrats’ infrastructure and climate plans by Republicans and conservative Democrats like Joe Manchin, chair of the energy panel and the largest Senate recipient of campaign donations from the oil, coal and gas industries.

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