Headline RoundupOctober 18th, 2021

Key Clean Energy Program Likely to Be Cut From Budget Bill

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A key clean energy program in the Biden administration's multi-trillion dollar spending bill may be dropped due to opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) A report from the New York Times (Lean Left bias) published Sunday highlighted three anonymous congressional staffers and lobbyists who said the Clean Energy Performance Program (CEPP) would likely be cut; Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has told the White House that he strongly opposes the CEPP. The $150 billion program would provide financial incentives for utilities that transition to renewable energy and would fine those which do not. The spending bill needs support from all 50 Democratic senators in order to pass through the reconciliation process.

The news was covered across the spectrum, with most reports framing the potential cut as a serious blow to President Joe Biden's climate change plan. Reports from left- and center-rated sources often framed Manchin in a negative light and highlighted his personal financial ties to the fossil fuel industry. Coverage from right-rated outlets sometimes framed the Biden administration's climate spending plan as excessive.

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