White House Constrained To Clarify Joe Biden’s ‘Thumbs Up’ Motion

During a White House discussion on climate change, Joe Biden “appeared to offer a thumbs up” to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, both Democrats.

Biden’s ambitious climate plan was powered by a $150 billion clean energy initiative. Wind, solar, and nuclear energy would be used to replace coal and gas-fired power facilities around the country. Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a Democrat, has stated that he opposes the initiative. White House aides are reworking the bill to remove the climate change clause.

Biden intended to use the renewable energy initiative to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to addressing climate change. The rest of the world is doubtful of the country’s commitment to climate change mitigation. When Biden flies to Glasgow in two weeks, his hand will be weaker due to the setback. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has stated that she will continue to campaign for the bill’s most harsh climate change provisions. Biden believed that passage of the law would aid in the clean-up of the electrical industry, which accounts for about a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to a major scientific report, countries must immediately discontinue the use of fossil fuels.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has withdrawn a proposal to award utilities for transitioning from coal to natural gas. Other Democrats who care about the environment may suffer as a result of the shift. West Virginia, Mr. Manchin’s home state, is a major coal and gas producer in the United States.

Moreover, other climate policies in the package are causing White House workers to scramble to analyze the impact on emissions. Tax incentives, unlike clean energy programs, usually expire after a predetermined length of time. Democrats may likely attempt to pass the renewable energy package as a stand-alone law. However, with the 2022 midterm elections coming, the window for doing so is closing.