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COP26: US Senator Blocking Joe Biden’s Climate Legislation Threatens Climate Summit Success |  Climate News


Another day another story suggesting that COP26 is in trouble.

This time, it’s the embarrassing news that the main sponsors of the crucial UN climate summit, including Sky (the owner of Sky News), wrote to the UK government for raise concerns about their organization.

But there is another much more acute problem emerging on the other side of the Atlantic. One that is not only embarrassing or embarrassing, but threatens America’s credibility and therefore America’s success. COP26.

A senator is block progress of a multibillion dollar spending program through Congress.

Joe Manchin is a Democrat from West Virginia, a state historically heavily reliant on coal and the fossil fuel economy.

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He is fiercely opposed to the clean energy provision in the bill and seems to be holding on.

After some intense political wrangling, the White House has admitted that the clean energy aspects of the bill are likely to be dropped.

Many have reacted with dismay that America, reinvented after Donald Trump as a warrior on climate change with the moral authority to muster an international consensus, should fail at such a crucial time.

The clean energy aspect of the spending bill isn’t the only US climate change legislation in the works, but it’s by far the most important.

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This part of the law contains sweeping plans to electrify and decarbonize America by rewarding suppliers who switch to clean energy sources and penalizing them if they don’t.

Senator Manchin says he cannot support the use of taxpayer dollars to get private companies to do what they are already starting to do without the help of the federal government.

But if he succeeds in what appears to be a genuine attempt to block this section of the bill, his actions will have far-reaching consequences.

In the first case, America might struggle to meet its own carbon emission reduction targets.

But perhaps more importantly, a national political failure like this will put a huge dent in America’s moral authority when it needs it most.

U.S. Special Climate Envoy John Kerry tours the world in a final diplomatic push, urging countries like China, India and Russia to be more ambitious in their carbon reduction targets .

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He is also exerting tremendous pressure to get the G20 countries meeting in Rome on the eve of COP26 to specifically accept the phase-out of coal.

Senator Manchin and his supporters represent an inconvenient truth that American domestic politics dances at its own pace, sometimes to the detriment of global progress.

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