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.