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Frontline and climate justice groups with People vs. Fossil Fuels have helped lead the national fight against Manchin’s Dirty Deal
(Washington, D.C) – People vs. Fossil Fuels, a national coalition of over 1,200 frontline, climate justice, and progressive organizations, celebrated yet another defeat for Manchin’s Dirty Deal this evening, as the Senate failed to advance the Senator’s attempt to attach his permitting legislation to the National Defense Authorization Act.
People vs. Fossil Fuels groups organized in-district actions, D.C. rallies, letters to the editor, press calls, and events with Members of Congress in Washington to oppose the plan. The coalition also drove thousands of phone calls to Congress urging members to oppose the deal. As attention shifts to President Biden’s authority to confront the climate crisis in 2023, the coalition will continue escalating pressure for him to use his power as president to stop fossil fuel expansion and declare a climate emergency.
In response, People vs. Fossil Fuels released the following statement:
“The people have triumphed over the polluters once again. Senator Manchin’s Dirty Deal was a direct assault on frontline communities and the environmental laws that protect our air, water, climate and public health. But we know this fight isn’t over: the fossil fuel industry and the politicians in their pocket will continue to try and rubber stamp more dangerous fossil fuel projects. Wherever they go, we’ll be there to stop them.
The dirty deal directly contradicts President Biden’s climate plan and his rhetoric about environmental justice. President Biden needs to listen to communities, not Big Oil CEOs and use his power to reject all fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency, and we will continue to demand that he protects our public interest and follows through.”