Sen. Joe Manchin is so serious about getting to yes on the Democrat’s climate-change agenda that he’s doing what he always does: he pretends he’s going to find 10 Republicans to vote yes before announcing regretfully that he can’t support anything that isn’t bipartisan:
Manchin shook up the climate debate on Capitol Hill yet again on Monday evening, when he and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) organized a bipartisan meeting to explore the possibility of a bipartisan climate and energy security package.
So what’s the likelihood that, you know, he’ll find 10 Republicans…?
Securing 10 Republican votes for ambitious climate policy could be a tall order, they said, and could slow negotiations over the bold climate provisions in Biden’s stalled spending bill at a crucial juncture ahead of the midterm elections.
“There are not 10 Republican votes for anything substantial on climate that would stave off the worst effects of the climate crisis, period,” Jamal Raad, executive director of the environmental group Evergreen Action, told The Climate 202.
So yeah, he’s just wasting everyone’s time again, running out the clock before the 2022 Pie Fight.