Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Activists with the Sunrise Movement protest in front of the White House

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."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

'Biggest Win for Tax Fairness' in Decades: Progressives Cheer Reforms in IRA, Demand More

"While this bill establishes desperately needed changes to our tax laws and IRS funding, it is still a far cry from the systemic changes that we need in our society to rectify the hold the rich still have on every level of our economy."

Kenny Stancil ·


'Care Can't Wait': IRA a Good Start, Progressives Say, But More Is Needed

"Americans deserve a full loaf of bread," said health justice advocate Ady Barkan.

Kenny Stancil ·


'I'm Back': Fetterman Returns to Campaign Trail Following May Stroke

"I'm not only grateful to be alive, but also for the campaign we're building together," said the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat.

Kenny Stancil ·


Because Climate Science 'Does Not Grade on a Curve,' Experts Says IRA Not Enough

"There is an urgent need for much more aggressive and far-reaching measures to prevent climate chaos," said the head of one progressive consumer advocacy group.

Brett Wilkins ·


'Game-Changer and Reason for Hope': House Passes Inflation Reduction Act

"We've got more to do," Rep. Pramila Jayapal said on the House floor. "But today, let's celebrate this massive investment for the people."

Jake Johnson ·

Common Dreams Logo