Murkowski-Manchin energy bill stalls

Murkowski-Manchin energy bill stalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night the American Energy and Innovation Act failed on a procedural vote of 47-44. Disagreement about amendments, including on super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), was a major factor blocking the bill.

Friends of the Earth senior policy analyst Lukas Ross issued the following statement in response: 

We need investment to help deploy proven solutions like wind and solar, not exercises in legislative greenwashing. False solutions like nuclear and carbon capture do not belong in a serious climate bill. Gambling the future on moonshot gimmicks meant to keep polluters in business is simply unacceptable.

The defeat of the bill means a temporary respite from the risks of so-called critical mineral extraction in our wild places. Although we are glad to see the current proposal stall, we remain vigilant in case it ever returns.

Expert contact: Lukas Ross, (202) 222-0724, [email protected]
Communications contact: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, [email protected]

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