Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Politics

Democratic senators at CNN Citizen event say they’re optimistic climate bill can pass this year

Heinrich said climate provisions have not been a sticking point with key moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, even before Manchin came out in opposition to President Joe Biden’s signature climate and economic legislation, known as Build Back Better, late last year. Talks between Manchin and the White House have recently restarted on a smaller package, which will include funding for climate efforts.

“We’re certainly not hovering near 100% but I think we’re well, well above 50% that we can get something together,” Heinrich of New Mexico told CNN’s Bill Weir at a Thursday CNN Citizen event focused on the evolution of the climate crisis. “That will be maybe not as expansive as many of us had hoped, but deeply meaningful on climate.”

Markey, who joined Heinrich and Weir at Thursday’s panel, said the clean energy industry is asking Congress for the same tax incentives that fossil fuel companies have long enjoyed. The panel was hosted by CNN and the George Washington University, which are partnering around the Ted Turner endowment for environmental journalism.

“For 100 years the oil and gas industry has had tax breaks from the American people,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “Now when we talk about tax breaks for our tech companies, they call it socialism. And all we’re saying is if you have had tax breaks for 100 years for fossil fuels, give us some of that socialism for wind and solar and batteries, and we will bury that industry in a generation. We’ll deploy the all-electric vehicles, but we need those tax breaks on the books.”

Markey, who championed the last major climate bill in Congress, which failed in 2010, said the youth climate movement urging action gives him hope.

“The biggest difference is this: There’s now a movement,” he said. “Young people aged 18, 25, 30, 35, they want action. This is now an issue that has captured the passion of young people in our country. They worked hard in 2020 to elect a Democratic House and Senate.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Politics

On Friday, Willow’s crate was spotted being carried by a staff member from the White House residence to Marine One, the presidential helicopter that...

Politics

“As a teacher, I’ve imagined that scene in my own classroom, again and again,” said Biden during remarks at the National Parent Teachers Association’s...

Politics

Navarro is charged with contempt of Congress after failing to appear for testimony or turn over documents in the House select committee’s investigation. While...

Politics

The hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed until next week, would feature former top Trump administration legal officials who stood...

Politics

Paladino, then a Buffalo school board member, was defending himself against allegations that previous comments he made were racist and said he cared about...

Politics

But there was a striking change from pre-2020 briefings: It touched on violent threats to election officials that stem from conspiracy theories about the...

Politics

But inside the Treasury Department, teams of sanctions experts view that resilience as a mirage. In exclusive interviews with CNN, top Treasury Department officials...

Politics

The presidential election controversy is roiling the Supreme Court again, as the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack continues...