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In Climate Victory, Manchin Drops Proposal to Ease Energy Permitting Rules

HeadlineSep 28, 2022

In other news from Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Manchin has abandoned — at least for now — his proposal to speed up the federal review of energy projects including the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Manchin wanted to shorten public comment periods on proposed fossil fuel projects, while weakening environmental and public health laws. On Tuesday, Manchin requested the proposal be removed from a stopgap funding bill after it became clear it didn’t have enough votes to pass. Manchin’s proposal had faced fierce opposition from climate justice groups. Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said, “Tonight’s turnaround represents a remarkable, against-all-odds victory by a determined grassroots climate movement against the overwhelming financial and political might of the fossil fuel industry and its Senate enablers.”

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