Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has voiced opposition to the Manchin leadership push that has the support of Democratic leaders. Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior has removed slander from federal place names, and the Department of Energy is subsidizing geothermal energy.
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Sanders: Mansion deal is a fossil ‘gift’
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday criticized the side deal that Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DNY) and Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va) struck earlier this summer to pass a controversial proposal to make it easier to develop energy projects. based on fossil fuels.
Schumer told reporters Wednesday that he plans to attach Mansion’s permit reform bill to the interim spending measure that must pass by September 30 to prevent a government shutdown.
Sanders criticized the agreement as a “huge boon to the fossil fuel industry” and angrily warned that it would undermine President Biden’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
“I wake up this morning to express strong opposition to the so-called side deal that the fossil fuel industry is pushing to facilitate polluting the environment and destroying our planet,” Sanders said.
He said the Manchin-drafted legislation would make it easier for the fossil fuel industry to obtain permits and complete what he called “some of the dirtiest and most polluting oil and gas projects in America.”
Read more about Sanders’ speech herefrom Alexander Bolton in Hill.
The White House is bringing back the changes
White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre expressed the White House’s support for allowing the reform agreement.
“We support the reform bill, which will help us realize the benefits of the historic investments in the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act as well. We want to implement it,” she told reporters during a press conference.
“We are working with Senator Schumer and Senator Manchin to find the best way forward. We believe it is important to meet the country’s clean energy goals, reduce costs, and enhance energy security. Always allowing new solar and wind projects to be postponed,” Jean-Pierre added.
Interior design removes confusion from federal place names
The Department of the Interior announced Thursday that it has completed the removal of slurs specific to Native American women from federal place names after the review was announced in November.
In the announcement, the department said the Federal Council on Geographical Names had voted on alternative names for more than 600 places that included the slander. The department also released a full map of the places where the names have been replaced.
Home Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to hold the position, announced the review late last year, as well as a federal commission to assess the use of insults and contempt in federal place names.
“I feel deeply committed to using my platform to ensure that our lands and public waters are easily accessible and welcome. This begins with removing the racist and degrading names that have been given to federal sites for far too long,” Haaland said in a statement Thursday.
The review followed similar steps to replace anti-black and anti-Japanese slurs in place names.
Energy wants geothermal energy to be “widespread”
The Biden administration has announced a new goal of harnessing geothermal energy — the renewable energy that comes from heat within the Earth — “at a large scale” as it seeks to transition away from fossil fuels.
The Department of Energy said in a statement on Thursday that it hopes to reduce the costs of geothermal energy systems by 90 percent by 2035.
The department said the capture of even a “small portion” of US geothermal resources could power more than 40 million homes.
“The United States has a massive source of geothermal energy right under our feet, and this program will make it economical to provide that energy to American homes and businesses,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
Specifically, the Department of Energy will invest in research and development of geothermal energy. Geothermal energy can be used to heat buildings, as well as in generating electricity, drying food, gold mining, and pasteurizing milk.
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what we read
- Rising sea levels could swallow millions of American acres within decades.Washington Post)
- For Jackson and Flint, the waters may return but trust is lost (CNN)
- Europe says Putin’s invading power is weakeningNew York times)
- Companies buy large numbers of carbon offsets that do not reduce emissions (The Wall Street Journal)
- Details of BLM plans to move headquarters (E&E News)
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