President Biden, I strongly support your declarations that "Climate change is a clear and present danger to the United States" and "There is little time left to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory. Responding to the climate crisis will require both significant short-term global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and net-zero global emissions by mid-century or before."
For those reasons, I adamantly oppose the Manchin payoff "side-deal" that was originally characterized as permission for the completion of one pipeline but now turns out to be a major restructuring of the energy permitting process that makes it easier for Big Oil to build yet more fossil fuel infrastructure and significantly harder for environmentalists to oppose new projects on health, safety, environment, and global-warming grounds.
I also oppose including the Manchin bill, or any other significant weakening of environmental and green-energy programs, in a Continuing Resolution that must be enacted in just two weeks under threat of government shut-down. That tactic limits full debate, prevents amendments, and allows members of Congress to conceal their pro-Big Oil, anti-environment votes behind a curtain of obscure process decisions. The Manchin bill should be brought up, debated, amended, and voted on in the regular order of business, so that we the public can see what's going on and hold our elected representatives responsible for the votes they cast. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. Please use your leverage to stop this nightmarish deal. Thanks.
▶ First sent on September 14, 2022 by Jess Craven