Hi, all, and happy Thursday! It feels like Groundhog day, alas, as we are once again in crisis mode around a last-minute debt ceiling deal. Both the Republicans’ desire to kill the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate provisions and Joe Manchin’s desire for more fossil fuel extraction are in play. I’m hearing different things from different insiders, none of whom want to be quoted directly, but what we do know for sure is that Biden does seem to be negotiating on the debt ceiling—AGH!—and climate progress is, one way or the other, on the chopping block.
Biden has done a stupendous job putting NATO back together, building alliances to off set China's expansionist impulses, utterly exposing Republicans at the State of the Union, passing historic legislation in his first two years with a tied Senate...
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt on the politics of the debt ceiling. I believe he's positioned himself to win no matter what.
If he caves on some lesser issues to get a deal, he looks like a reasonable, bi-partisan leader.
If Democrats need to go constitutional to pay our debts and protect the economy, he looks like a great leader facing a MAGA self inflicted crisis.
This week's wide spread Democratic election victories, and especially in Jacksonville, show that moderate Americans are fed up with MAGA theatrics. We need these moderates, both independents and Republicans, to bury the MAGA movement in 2024. ✌️
Thanks...keep the faith...Biden is both a moderate and a progressive at heart. In our diverse, partisan landscape, l think he'll get us as far as we can go on adoptable policies..
Are they negotiating away the climate provision in the IRA bc of Joe Manchin? The senator who takes in so much money from the fossil fuel industry.
Jessica, I have the Climate Action Now app on my phone and I was using it on a regular basis. Then I was talking to people in another group- actually NETWORK lobby- and of course someone said oh you shouldn’t use those canned letters. Personal letters get more attention. So I still use your prepared scripts and send as emails but I add more about myself and my beliefs so I’m hoping that counter acts the way the prepared script sounds.
And I actually love the CAN app. So easy and quick you can do it anywhere!
Read this and a pox in Manchin and GOP
I donated to NC Over The Top which I learned about from your newsletter today. Never doubt you are having an impact, Jessica, and thanks 😊