"Manchin Clashes With Fellow Democrats Over Fossil-Fuel Demands"

"Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is insisting that natural gas be allowed to have a central role in President Biden’s clean energy agenda, which puts him on a collision course with Democratic lawmakers who worry he will have the power to water down what they see as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address climate change.

Manchin, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is pushing to have sole jurisdiction in the Senate over the $150 billion Clean Electricity Performance Program, which would provide grants to utilities that increase their share of clean energy sources.

He is flexing his muscle by calling for natural gas to be part of Biden’s clean energy solution even though the House Energy and Commerce Committee specifically excluded natural gas from the clean energy program by defining clean electricity as having a carbon intensity of less than 0.10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour."

Alexander Bolton reports for The Hill October 3, 2021.

Source: The Hill, 10/04/2021