Coal-State Manchin Takes on Key Chairmanship for Dems Climate Effort

“West Virginia's Joe Manchin once shot a hole in a climate bill in a campaign ad. People who know him say his views have since evolved.”

“Kingmaker. Linchpin. Occupier of the cat-bird seat.

These are the colorful descriptions of the anticipated role of Sen. Joe Manchin—the centrist West Virginia Democrat—in a new Congress under his party’s control.

As the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Manchin will be a key factor in any number of controversial legislative matters, from health care to immigration. But after a presidential campaign that was animated more than any other by concerns about global warming, Manchin could not find himself perched in a more significant—some might say ironic—position.

The senator who famously shot a bullet through a copy of Congress’ last major climate bill in a 2010 political advertisement is now well-positioned to determine how much of President-elect Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate and jobs program becomes law.”

James Bruggers reports for Inside Climate News January 13, 2021.

SEE ALSO:

“Manchin On Fracking, Climate And A Clean Energy Standard” (E&E News)

“Biden's Climate Long Shot In The Senate” (E&E News)

“One Coal State Senator Holds The Key To Biden’S Ambitious Climate Agenda. And It’s Not McConnell.” (Washington Post)

“Backed By Big Oil, Manchin Holds The Keys To Dems’ Climate Agenda” (Open Secrets)

“McConnell: Power-Sharing Deal Can Proceed After Manchin, Sinema Back Filibuster” (The Hill)