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In Senate race, leading Pa. Democrat spurns a fracking ban

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! Today we’re wondering what an Infrastructure Bill burger tastes like and if there’s a veggie version. But first:


Defusing the Global Climate Emergency Depends on Defusing the Democracy Emergency

By Mark Hertsgaard Photo: Getty Images

A year ago today, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy were fleeing for their lives as a violent mob swarmed the halls of the U.S. Capitol. With their personal safety at risk, the two most powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill at last stood up to Donald Trump. In a heated phone call, McCarthy, the House minority leader, fruitlessly implored the president to call off the mob. Senate Majority Leader McConnell later called the rioters “terrorists” and said Trump was “morally responsible” for the violence.


Behind Manchin’s opposition, a long history of fighting climate measures

By Jonathan Weisman and Lisa Friedman Photo: Chet Strange for The New York Times

Senator Joe Manchin III noted climate policy when he said he would vote against the Build Back Better Act. In his life and career, West Virginia coal has loomed large.


One year of ‘President Manchin’

By Ben Terris Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Waiting around for Manchin has become something of a pastime in the nation’s capital. Hill reporters track his movements on the Senate floor, staking out his office, sometimes for hours, and then orbiting around him like electrons as he walks the halls of Congress.


Should California Democrats take oil and gas money? The party is torn

By Sammy Roth Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Four hundred thirteen parts per million.That’s how much carbon dioxide was built up in Earth’s atmosphere last year — a record 413.2 parts per million on average, according to the latest data from the World Meteorological Organization. That’s up from 280 ppm before the dawn of the fossil fuel era, and it’s brought deadlier heat waves, bigger fires and more destructive floods. When world leaders gather in Glasgow, Scotland, just a few days from now, they’ll be desperately looking for ways to keep the number from rising much higher.


Paid leave at risk of falling out of spending package as Biden nears deal with Manchin and Sinema

By Tony Romm, Mike DeBonis and Marianna Sotomayor Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The White House intensified meetings with 2 senators as they raced to resolve a number of issues in giant tax-and-spending measure.


A key senator presented an alternative power plant program. But will it stick?

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Good morning! My colleague Dino Grandoni helped with today’s edition of The Climate 202. Loyal Post readers will remember that Dino used to write The Energy 202, and apparently he missed the newsletter life. 😆 But first:


The Democrats Have a Lot of Cutting to Do

By Margot Sanger-Katz and Alicia Parlapiano

To win over their most centrist members, the Democrats will need to fit all their wishes into the smaller box.


Climate Activists Start Hunger Strike in Front of White House

A group of climate activists are beginning a hunger strike outside the White House today to demand Congress and President Biden pass the climate crisis provisions in the reconciliation package. The youth activists made the decision to strike following news that Democrats could cut a key measure which would promote renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, as a concession to Joe Manchin.


What’s driving Manchin’s resistance to climate change legislation

By Zachary B. Wolf

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — a Democrat — appears to be intent on ripping the heart out of President Joe Biden’s climate change agenda. With his all-powerful 50th vote as leverage, Manchin’s reported opposition to Biden’s plan for a $150 billion plan to pay power generators to further cut reliance on fossil fuels, kills the plan.