On the eve of a key U.S. Senate vote, opponents of Sen. Joe Manchin\u0026#039;s industry-backed energy permitting bill on Monday ramped up efforts to stop legislation that critics say will boost fossil fuel development amid a worsening climate emergency.\r\n\r\n\u0022Sen. Joe Manchin\u0026#039;s dirty deal could fast-track numerous coal, crude oil, and gas development projects across the country.\u0022\r\n\r\nSome of the hundreds of groups opposed to the bill are mobilizing eleventh-hour pushes against the measure. Food \u0026amp; Water Watch is hosting a Monday evening virtual phone bank, while the progressive political action group Our Revolution is planning a \u0022Stop the Dirty Deal on Capitol Hill\u0022 rally Tuesday morning. Bill McKibben, co-founder of the climate action group 350.org, as well as frontline community activists from West Virginia and Virginia, are scheduled to speak.\r\n\r\n\u0022Sen. Joe Manchin\u0026#039;s dirty deal could fast-track numerous coal, crude oil, and gas development projects across the country,\u0022 warned John Horning, executive director of the environmental advocacy group WildEarth Guardians. \u0022Congress must stand up to these kinds of dirty deals that sacrifice our communities, our air, our water, and our climate.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe bill—derided by progressives as a \u0022dirty side deal\u0022—would allow expedited approval of oil and gas projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Manchin\u0026#039;s home state of West Virginia. The corporate Democrat, who co-founded his family\u0026#039;s coal brokerage firm, negotiated a compromise in which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to back the measure in return for Manchin supporting the Inflation Reduction Act, the watered-down reconciliation package signed last month by President Joe Biden.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSchumer has pledged to attach Manchin\u0026#039;s proposal to a stopgap funding bill, called a continuing resolution, that must be passed by the end of the month in order to avert a government shutdown. Senators are set to vote Tuesday evening on a procedural motion to advance the continuing resolution. If the version with Manchin\u0026#039;s proposal fails to pass, Schumer may choose to strip it down until it does in order to keep the government running—just six weeks before November\u0026#039;s midterm elections.\r\n\r\nManchin told The Washington Post Sunday he is \u0022very optimistic\u0022 that he can secure the 60 votes needed to pass the measure, and that he already has at least 40 Democratic votes. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who introduced her own permitting bill, said last week that she would instead support Manchin\u0026#039;s measure.\r\n\r\nPeople opposed to Manchin\u0026#039;s bill are being urged to sign petitions and contact their members of Congress to tell them to reject the proposal and instead pass the\u0026nbsp;Environmental Justice for All Act, a measure aimed at ensuring effective public notification and review of new energy projects.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Our elected congressional representatives cannot bless a backroom deal brokered by fossil fuel industry lobbyists that promises untold damage to American communities like mine by denying them a voice in the permitting process for polluting industries,\u0022 wrote Maury Johnson, a West Virginia organic farmer impacted by the Mountain Valley Pipeline, in an opinion piece published by Common Dreams Saturday.