FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2022
Collin Rees, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading climate, environmental, youth, progressive groups urge “No Dirty Deal” in defense authorization bill
Over 20 executive directors and presidents of top advocacy groups representing millions urge Congress to abandon Sen. Joe Manchin’s dirty pipeline deal
WASHINGTON, DC — As debate on Capitol Hill continues to swirl over the potential addition of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s ‘permitting reform’ bill to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), leaders of over 20 top advocacy groups sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and President Joe Biden today urging them to abandon attempts to pass Manchin’s “dirty deal.”
“This deal prioritizes the interests of the fossil fuel industry at the expense of the environment and health of frontline communities, which are disproportionately Black, Indigenous, communities of color, and low-wealth communities — a move out of line with President Biden’s commitments to climate and environmental justice,” read the letter in part.
Instead, the advocacy leaders stressed, “Congress should be advancing efforts that ensure robust public engagement early in project development and strengthen the requirements for agencies to evaluate cumulative health and climate impacts.”