Key Clean Energy Program Likely to Be Cut From Budget Bill

Headline Roundup October 18th, 2021

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.

From the Right

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill currently making its way through the Senate.

Senate sources confirmed to The Post that Manchin was “dug in” on climate issues.

“As a path forward there are two choices, compromise in some form or fashion or eliminate the climate aspect from reconciliation and work on it thereafter,” said one senior insider in the chamber.

Manchin has already expressed cost reservations about the...

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From the Center

President Biden had promised to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, but an essential tool the administration planned to use to achieve that goal now appears out of reach.

The New York Times reported Friday that Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative West Virginia Democrat, has indicated to the White House that he opposes the key climate measure in Biden's multitrillion-dollar climate and social programs package.

The president needs the support of all 50 Democratic senators in order to pass the measure through a process known as reconciliation.

The program in...

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From the Left

The Clean Energy Performance Program, the linchpin of President Biden’s proposed climate change legislation, is likely to be dropped from the Democrats’ spending bill because of opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., multiple sources have told NBC News.

The sources say that the program will most likely be removed from the massive spending package known as the “reconciliation bill” that Democrats plan without Republican support, but that negotiations are ongoing and that no final decision has been made.

The $150 billion program, known as the CEPP, is the most sweeping...

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