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Bill McKibben: Manchin’s no vote on budget bill will alter Earth’s ‘geologic record’ – ‘Most consequential actions ever taken by an individual Senator’


Climate activists, organizations and scientists targeted Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) amid news reports that a major climate program was likely to be cut from the reconciliation package because he opposed it.

“He plans to gut Biden’s climate plan, and with it the chances for swift global progress. This is high on the list of most consequential actions ever taken by an individual Senator; you’ll be able to see the impact of this vain man in the geologic record,” tweeted Bill McKibben, who helped found, which advocates for renewable energy and seeks to end fossil fuel projects.

“Joe Manchin just launched a hand grenade at Glasgow,” Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, tweeted. “W/out a clean energy standard in the reconciliation package, Biden admin cannot meet pledge of 50% reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2030. And international climate negotiations begin to collapse.”

The Sunrise Movement, a youth movement to stop climate change, said in a post on Twitter that “Joe Manchin and the fossil fuel industry don’t care if we make it out of this climate crisis dead or alive. This is #PeopleVsFossilFuels.”