Democrats say they are determined to take bold climate action in the social spending bill being drafted in the House and Senate, even without a key agenda that has drawn opposition from Sen. Joe manchinJoe Manchin White House: Window to Finalize Broad Budget Package Progressives see budget deal close after Biden meets Democrats who disagree with Manchin over child tax credit provision MORE (DW.Va.).
The loss of the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), which was to lead to significant reductions in emissions from the electricity sector by reducing emissions from power generation, dealt a severe blow to the climate provisions of the legislation.
But Democrats are considering “alternatives” to CEPP, which sought to reduce emissions from power generation.
Lawyers have said Democrats cannot afford to pass up the opportunity to take meaningful climate action at a rare time when the party holds the White House and a majority in the House and Senate.
If the chance to pass meaningful action is missed this time around, the party might not stand another good chance for years to come given fears within the party that Republicans may regain a majority in the House next year.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create bold climate jobs and investments in justice,” said Ben Beachy, director of the Sierra Club’s living economy program.
CEPP had been seen as the cornerstone of the Biden administration’s climate program. He was seeking to get 80% of the country’s electricity from clean sources by 2030 through a mix of subsidies and fines on electricity providers.
A recent analysis by think-tank Energy Innovation said the program could be responsible for a third of the total emission reductions created by Biden’s two-part economic program, which includes the measure of social spending and a social spending package. infrastructure already approved by the Senate.
Inclusion of the program in the spending bill is doomed without Manchin’s backing, as Senate Democrats need their 50 caucus members on board. But lawmakers are now looking for ways to close the gap.
“We’re working right now, as we speak, on the call I’m about to go on, what the alternatives will be,” the representative said. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) Khanna White House: Window to Finalize Broad Budget Package ‘Closes’ Progressives See Budget Deal Done After Biden Met Paris Hilton to Travel to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Project of the law on children’s treatment centers PLUS (D-Calif.) Told reporters around noon Wednesday.
“We’re talking to… the policy experts and we’re going to see what other alternatives they recommend. Much of this is an ongoing negotiation. It is not enough to have tax credits for solar and wind power, ”he added, referring to provisions outside the electricity program that are still in the bill.
Senator Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee Wyden Democrats Take Narrow Scope Of IRS Proposal Amid GOP Attacks Democrats Scramble For Climate Alternatives Overnight Energy & Environment – Brought to you by American Petroleum Institute – Democrats address news that the clean energy program will be abolished PLUS (D-Ore.) Who chairs the Senate finance committee, said there could be an extension of a bill that would provide tax incentives for clean electricity, clean transportation and energy savings in the buildings.
“We are looking at a variety of issues. Some of my colleagues want to expand Clean Energy for America, ”he told reporters.
Others said there were several ways to close the gap.
“It has to be something aimed at reducing emissions,” Sen said. Martin heinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichGOP Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Support Columbus Day Nighttime Balance / Sustainability – Brought to you by Schneider Electric – Ida’s Deadly Floodwaters Takes Southeastern US David Sirota : Seven Democrats who voted against fracking ban trying to secure future elections MORE (DN.M.) said Wednesday. “It just doesn’t matter how much, it doesn’t matter whether you get these emissions from industry, transportation, power generation. “
Advocates outside Congress, angered at the loss of the program, say lawmakers must take action to address the scale of the climate crisis.
“It’s a really big investment, and if it’s not on the table, we need to reallocate that quarter of climate spending to other ideas, other investments that can reduce pollution,” Leah Stokes said. , professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Some note that an analysis by the Rhodium Group found that President BidenJoe Biden White House: Window to Finalize Broad “Shutdown” Budget Package Jayapal says the tuition-free community college “likely won’t” be in the spending plan. January 6 panel votes to despise Bannon PLUSThe goal of cutting US emissions by at least half by 2030 from 2005 levels is plausible without CEPP.
“We are convinced that we can always achieve the goals that science demands and justice and that the Biden-Harris administration has set,” Matthew Davis, senior director of government affairs for the League of Conservation Voters, told The Hill. “We still believe that the Build Back Better Act, even without the CEPP, can put us within reach. “
And a few lawmakers are hoping the CEPP could stay in a final bill in one form or another.
“I spoke to my staff as recently as this morning to tell them to provide technical assistance to see how we can work with those who think this program is… the best thing since sliced bread and those who don’t. don’t think ”Senator Tom carperThomas (Tom) Richard Carper Is the Biden Administration Afraid of Trade? Congress sends 30-day highway funding fix to Biden after infrastructure blocked Senate attempting to pass 30-day highway bill on Saturday after GOP PLUS objection (D-Del.) Told reporters.
When asked what changes, if any, could be made to it, he replied “stay tuned”.
Lawmakers say a deal on the comprehensive bill could be on the horizon, with Manchin saying he will try to reach a deal with Sen. Bernie sandersBernie SandersWhite House: Window to Finalize Broad ‘Firm’ Budget Package Jayapal Says Tuition-Free Community College ‘Likely Not’ in Spending Plan Progressives See Budget Deal Close After Biden Meeting MORE (I-Vt.) By the end of the week.
Biden also faces pressure to have something to show at a global climate conference that begins at the end of the month so that he can attend with proof to the world that the United States takes its policy seriously. commitments to reduce emissions.
“He will go there with great pride because we will pass legislation that will allow him not only to meet but to beat our goals and to do so in a way that helps other developing countries, poorer countries. , to also achieve their goals, “said Speaker Pelosi. (D-Calif.) Said at a press conference.