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The Senate’s New Point Man on Climate Has Been the Democrat’s Most Fossil Fuel-Friendly Senator – Inside Climate News

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The Senate’s New Point Man on Climate Has Been the Democrat’s Most Fossil Fuel-Friendly Senator – Inside Climate News
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks alongside a bipartisan group of Democrat and Republican members of Congress as they announce a proposal for a Covid-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill on December 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers from both chambers released a $908 billion package Monday, split into two bills. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

From InsideClimateNews.org

Kingmaker. Linchpin. Occupier of the cat-bird seat.

These are the colorful descriptions of the anticipated role of Sen. Joe Manchin—the centrist West Virginia Democrat—in a new Congress under his party’s control.

As the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Manchin will be a key factor in any number of controversial legislative matters, from health care to immigration. But after a presidential campaign that was animated more than any other by concerns about global warming, Manchin could not find himself perched in a more significant—some might say ironic—position.

The senator who famously shot a bullet through a copy of Congress’s last major climate bill in a 2010 political advertisement is now well-positioned to determine how much of President-elect Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate and jobs program becomes law.

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