When the weather is nice, Congress may do something more, says Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Sen. John Manchin, D-Wyoming, is asking his colleagues to give him the green light to do something different.
The senator is asking the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to consider a new bill that would allow Congress to approve a temporary moratorium on the use of coal-fired power plants in the Midwest and Atlantic.
That would be one of the first major moves by the Democratic leader since he was elected to the Senate in 2018.
The move is likely to be a test run for a bipartisan effort to move beyond the Republican obstructionism of President Donald Trump.
The Senate voted against a similar measure in March, but Manchin has said the legislation was necessary to address the effects of climate change.
“I am not opposed to the idea that we have to take action to try to limit emissions,” he said during an interview with The Hill.
“But we have got to do it in a way that’s a long-term solution that actually mitigates some of the adverse effects of the climate change.”
The Hill report says that in the Senate, only two Democrats have voted against the moratorium.
“We do need to act,” Manchin said.
“The evidence is pretty clear that the emissions of CO2 are increasing.
The question is what the solution is.”
He said he wants to help Americans understand the problem, and that he would support a plan that would create a new tax credit that would help people invest in clean energy.
Manchin is the only Democrat in the committee to support the bill, which he says would help lower electricity bills for average Americans.
The legislation is expected to be introduced this week and then sent to the full Senate for a vote.
The bill is backed by several other senators and also some governors, and is expected eventually to pass the Senate.
“This legislation will create a tax credit for companies that are investing in clean coal-burning energy and clean coal plants,” said Manchin’s spokesman, Alex Pares.
“It will also help lower the cost of electric energy for households and businesses, and it will provide incentives for small businesses and entrepreneurs to invest in renewable energy.”
The bill has been endorsed by former President Barack Obama.
In February, the Obama administration put out a report saying that coal power plants would be safer and more efficient if they were closed.
That report came after a report by the nonpartisan National Resources Defense Council, which concluded that coal plants pose a greater threat to air quality than they did when they were open.
Manchins office told The Hill that the president did not support the report, which was commissioned by the coal industry.
“In my view, the president’s position has not changed, and the president does not believe that coal should be an integral part of our economy,” said an email from Manchin spokesman Alex Pare.
“President Trump believes that climate change is real, that climate-related economic disruption is real and that the best way to tackle it is through strong regulations and stronger economic growth.
In this way, the United States can lead the world and lead the planet.”
The report found that while the U.S. has made some progress in reducing emissions from its coal plants, the country is still far behind many other nations in its climate change efforts.
“Although the United Kingdom and other countries have taken some steps in this direction, many of these steps are not enough,” the report said.
The report also said that a “large portion of the U-turn by the U, S and P coal industry and their allies is driven by a failure to develop new and innovative technology.”
“A large portion of this U-Turn is driven, in part, by the belief that new technologies, including renewables, can replace coal,” the study said.
It also said coal-based power plants pose serious risks to the environment and to public health.
The U.N. climate change envoy warned that coal-powered power plants were a “critical pathway” for climate change, and said that “coal is the primary driver of climate pollution.”
The United States is the world’s largest carbon emitter and the largest carbon-dioxide emitter.
Manches proposal would be a big step in the right direction for the country, according to climate scientist Paul Driessen, who said it could be a major step toward “solving the climate crisis.”
“I think this is a huge step,” Driessen said. Read more