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Coal Miners Explain Why They Want Manchin to Pass a Climate Bill

Jan. 20, 2022, 11:00 AM

President Biden’s ambitions to pass a signature climate and social infrastructure package sustained a major setback last month when Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia — long seen as the swing vote for the bill — saidhe was pulling his support.

Lots of Democrats, predictably, were outraged, but there were also some unexpected protestors, including the United Mine Workers of America, which counts 8,000 coal miners among its 90,000 members.

Build Back Better would have sent billionstoward upgrading the electric grid, investing in next generation energy storage, and tax incentives to grow renewables – all acts that would have sped ...