(Washington, DC) – Over a dozen climate activists were arrested at the Capitol today after disrupting the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s hearing examining the Biden administration’s pause on approvals for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. The pause, which is widely celebrated by climate and movement leaders alike, would allow the Department of Energy (DOE) to update the public interest determination process instead of rubber stamping approvals without properly considering projects’ impacts on the climate and communities.
While Manchin and his industry allies spread tired old myths about America saving the world from Putin and Chinese coal plants, the reality is the energy transition is already moving away from gas faster than most people think. That action needs to focus on a phase-out of all fossil fuel exports and protections and reparations for the frontline communities.
“This is a manufactured crisis designed specifically to hurt working people, and our leaders don’t have to participate in this deadly charade. Congress should reject these poison pills that have no relation to the debt ceiling and pass a clean increase,” said Collin Rees.
“The Senate’s rejection of this dangerous bill is a resounding victory for environmental justice communities and the climate,” said Rees.
“We’ve defeated Manchin’s dirty deal twice so far, and we’ll do it as many times as we must until communities and the climate are safe from rampant oil and gas expansion,” said Collin Rees.
Members of Congress and climate justice advocates will rally Tuesday morning outside the Cannon House Office Building to oppose U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s so-called ‘permitting reform’ bill, a massive giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.
Over 750 organizations sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional leadership opposing the “cruel and direct attack on environmental justice communities” represented by Manchin’s dirty pipeline deal.
Today is a major defeat for the Manchin and American Petroleum Institute-approved bill which would have fast-tracked the Mountain Valley Pipeline and other fossil fuel projects.
Approving new gas pipelines and liquified natural gas export facilities would lead to hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year for decades to come.
A group of 13 environmental and community leaders are calling on the Senate to reject Senator Manchin’s proposal to undermine environmental and community review and fast-track oil, gas, coal and mining projects.