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Activists with the Sunrise Movement protest in front of the White House on June 4, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

As World Burns, Climate Campaigners Denounce Manchin as 'Fossil-Fueled Sociopath'

"While disappointing, Manchin laying his cards on the table is also a liberating force. Biden must go all-in with executive authority to address the climate emergency and do what he promised."

Brett Wilkins

In the wake of Sen. Joe Manchin's repudiation of the Build Back Better climate and social investment bill, campaigners on Monday implored President Joe Biden to take executive action to meaningfully address the planetary emergency.

"At the end of the day, Manchin cares less about his constituents than he does about the fossil fuel industry."

Climate, environmental, Indigenous, and other activists joined progressive U.S. lawmakers in condemning Manchin over his announcement Sunday on Fox News that he would oppose his own party's flagship legislation.

Greenpeace USA climate campaign director Janet Redman said that "Manchin is a fossil-fueled sociopath on a Maserati joy-ride while he lets the world burn," a reference to the lawmaker's family ties to the coal industry and his Italian sport-utility vehicle.

"When negotiations got tough, Manchin chose to walk away rather than pass a bill that would help millions of families put food on the table, make life-saving medicine affordable, and build a livable future because it threatened the fossil fuel industry that sends him dividend checks," she continued.

"The reasons for which Manchin claims he does not support the Build Back Better Act don't add up. West Virginians support the legislation," Redman added. "At the end of the day, Manchin cares less about his constituents than he does about the fossil fuel industry."

"President Biden now has a mandate to pull out all the stops to confront a rogue fossil fuel industry in 2022," she asserted. "We expect a full-court press of executive actions to end fossil fuel expansion— the source of the industry's power in Washington, D.C."

"While disappointing, Manchin laying his cards on the table is also a liberating force," Redman insisted. "Biden must go all-in with executive authority to address the climate emergency and do what he promised."

Jennifer K. Falcon, communications coordinator for the Indigenous Environmental Network, said that "if the Biden administration wants to achieve anything to tackle the climate crisis, they must stop capitulating to the fossil fuel industry's favorite senator and take urgent executive action now."

"If Biden wants to be the 'climate president' he told us he would be, he needs to actually take climate action."

"The administration," she said, "has spent a year putting the priorities of fossil fuel executives first, hurting the Black, Indigenous, and communities of color that are already shouldering the unjust burden of pollution and the climate crisis."

"Our communities are dying from the impacts of climate chaos every day, we will not wait," Falcon declared. "If Biden wants to be the 'climate president' he told us he would be, he needs to actually take climate action by using his executive authority to reject new fossil fuel infrastructure and rapidly deploy renewable energy."

"Taking executive action is the only path he has left," she added. "Use it or lose it."


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Leaked Report Suggests Impunity for IDF Troops in Deadly Stop of Palestinian-American Elder

"This is a policy: Israel does not prosecute those responsible for harming Palestinians, thus making their lives miserable," said the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

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'Exactly Right': Progressives Back Arizona Dems Censure of Sinema

"If you are a Democrat and you can't uphold the fundamental right to vote for all citizens... then there's a problem," said Rep. Ro Khanna.

Brett Wilkins ·


Amid Existential Threat to Reproductive Rights, Congress Urged to Act

"It's the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and if we don't fight like hell it could very well be the last," said one campaigner, who called on U.S. lawmakers to pass the Women's Health Protection Act.

Brett Wilkins ·


Black Mississippi State Senators Stage Walkout as Critical Race Theory Ban Passed

"We cannot continue to stumble into the future backwards," said one Black senator who taught for 33 years. "That's what this bill does."

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Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist Thích Nhất Hạnh Dead at 95

"He inspired so many good people to dedicate themselves to working for a more just and compassionate world."

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