Joe Manchin’s Deep Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industries
We begin with an analysis of the most powerful man in Washington who is not the president, Senator Joe Manchin, and speak with Alex Kotch, an investigative reporter and editor with the Center for Media and Democracy about his article at The Guardian, “The Democrat blocking progressive change is beholden to big oil. Surprised?” We discuss the conflict of interest in having Manchin chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while owning a coal brokerage company Enersystems his son runs that paid him $500,000 in 2020 in which he has $5 million’s worth of stock. With the bipartisan infrastructure bill likely to collapse in tomorrow’s senate vote, we will assess whether the Democrats can work around Manchin’s objections to moving to cleaner energy to address climate change in the budget reconciliation bill that could grow to $4 trillion if Republicans back away from the bipartisan deal. We also discuss whether the Democrats should give in to Manchin and his version of the For the People Act or end up with nothing.
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