Senator Cantwell, Don't Hand Climate Policy Over To Joe Manchin

As Senate Democrats prepare for the next session, reporters on Capitol Hill have indicated that Senator Cantwell is leaning towards giving up her ranking seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to an infamous conservative Democrat and coal-supporter: Joe Manchin.

As ranking member, and as chair if Democrats win a majority in 2020, Manchin would be empowered to scuttle the bold environmental and climate change legislation we need to protect our planet (such as the House's “Green New Deal”). He would also be in charge of much-needed oversight of the Interior department. Even Governor Inslee has spoken up about it:

“Our party must be wholly committed to ending America’s dependence on fossil fuels and building a robust clean energy economy. And Joe Manchin literally shot climate legislation in one of his campaign ads. He supports Donald Trump’s dirty energy agenda.”

We have unique leverage here in Washington, with Senator Murray in leadership and Senator Cantwell occupying the committee spot, to nip this in the bud. Ask your Senators to say no to Manchin in charge of energy policy!

Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

Script (for Cantwell):

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask that Senator Cantwell refuse to give her ranking spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Sen. Joe Manchin. He is the worst person for the job! We need bold climate change legislation in order to protect our planet and our homes from destruction; we should not have the man who shot a cap and trade bill in his campaign ad in charge of energy policy or oversight.”

Script (for Murray):

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask that Senate Democrats to not give the ranking spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Joe Manchin. He is the worst person for the job! We need bold climate change legislation in order to protect our planet and our homes from destruction; we should not have the man who shot a cap and trade bill in his campaign ad in charge of energy policy or oversight.”

Background:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/06/democrats-get-on-board-with-manchin-for-energy-committee-post-1014354

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/eyeing-white-house-bid-washington-gov-inslee-urges-democrats-to-oppose-manchin-for-senate-energy-committee/2018/12/05/9be592d0-f8e2-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.db4d21468a01

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/419970-manchins-likely-senior-role-on-key-energy-panel-rankles-progressives

https://www.manchin.senate.gov/about/issues/energy