US clean energy backers: permitting bill imperative in climate fight

Clean energy backers said the permitting provision could still be attached to other bills later this year that must be passed.

Environmental groups and some fellow Democratic lawmakers had pilloried U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s bill to speed energy permitting as a handout to fossil fuel companies, but clean energy advocates said the bill’s failure would hinder the rapid expansion renewable power needs to combat climate change.

Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pulled Manchin’s bill from temporary government funding legislation on Tuesday after it did not gain enough support.

Environmental groups said the legislation would have accelerated approval for fossil fuel projects, including Equitrans Midstream Corp’s (ETRN.N) long-delayed $6.6 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline in Manchin’s state of West Virginia.

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Source: Reuters

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