Manchin received assurances from Schumer, Biden, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that a different approach would be adopted and would incorporate licenses for energy infrastructure, such as gas pipelines. Additionally, new lease auctions for oil drilling on federal lands would occur.
However, it doesn’t seem like everyone is on board. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), as POLITICO reported on Tuesday for Congress Minutes, says he’s “reserving judgment for the moment. Tom Carper definitely doesn’t sound convinced yet on the permitting agreement Chuck Schumer negotiated with Joe Manchin,” the headline correctly said.”
Carper’s highlighted comments start out sounding quite optimistic, yet there is still cause for caution. “I’m sure we’ll come to some understandings. There will likely be some things we disagree on. The car is uncertain to me. I’m sure we’ll do it. In the end, I simply don’t want us to adjust permits in a way that would make it harder for us to combat climate change,” he added.
A variety of grievances raised by environmentalist organizations over the deal were clarified in a newsletter published by Inside Climate News last month.
Carper presided over a pro forma session later that day, after which he made the comments.
However, Carper is not just any senator. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is led by him. Additionally, as POLITICO noted, he is not the only one who has expressed doubt about such a compromise; progressives and Senate Republicans have done the same.
Sen. Manchin’s threat to shut down the government if he doesn’t have his permits deal included in a continuing resolution raises the stakes of the arrangement even higher (CR). Republicans have been under fire for threatening to shut down the government, but now it’s a Democrat.
Sens. Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) addressed such an accord in an interview with West Virginia Metro News on Sunday on the legislation that was just passed:
“Congress will take into account changes to the permitting procedure whenever legislators return to Capitol Hill next month, as per an agreement between Manchin and Democratic leaders. A related piece of legislation would expedite the approval of energy projects and the building of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303-mile infrastructure that, when finished, will be able to carry natural gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia. Legal problems have hampered the project.”
“Manchin said that the phrase will be included in a continuing resolution to finance the federal government when the new fiscal year starts on October 1.”
“Since I’ve been working with them for the past five to seven years, the Republican Party has desired this, he said.”
“We can either keep the nation open or shut down the government. Then, let’s see how the politics unfold on September 30.”
“Capito wanted the Senate to take into account allowing reform before the Inflation Reduction Act was put to a vote. She and Republican Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma fought for language establishing allowing changes during the amendment process for the domestic policy package.”
“She questioned, What sort of interest is there in enabling reform? I don’t even know whether cramming it into a bigger bill is an effective strategy, in my opinion. It will be fascinating to watch how everything comes together in September.”
Just over a month remains before September 30.