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Manchin Releases Permitting Plan, But Will Democrats And Republicans Go Along?
So far, environmentalists are largely opposed to the legislation. Some are going so far as to call the agreement made between Manchin and party leadership over the summer a “dirty deal.” However, this opposition is a bit perplexing. First, according to the R Street Institute, 65% of energy projects with federal permits in process are renewable-energy related. Only 19% are fossil fuel projects, and 16% are electricity transmission projects (which, as noted, can benefit renewables). Similarly, the Mountain Valley pipeline, despite being a fossil fuel project, may end up reducing carbon dioxide emissions on balance, since natural gas is cleaner than coal.