Clean energy program is likely to be cut due to Manchin's opposition

The decision isn't yet final However, the negotiators of the spending bill are currently working on alternative ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions


The Clean Energy Performance Program, the foundation of Biden's Climate Change legislation is expected to be removed from the Democrats budget because of the opposition from Senator. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Numerous sources have informed NBC News.

According to sources, the program will probably be taken out of the huge budget called"the "reconciliation bill" that Democrats are preparing and that they will not have Republican support, however negotiations are still ongoing and there is no decision that has been taken.

The $150 billion CEPP program, also known as the CEPP is the largest climate-related measure that is included in the reconciliation bill which is why it is the reason that Biden administration is betting on it to deliver the majority of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are part of the legislation. The carrot-and-stick strategy would pay electric utilities that make the shift off fossil-fuel sources to clean or renewable energy sources, and penalize those who do not.

"The CEPP is not going to happen, and they are working on alternatives, but I don't know any that have been accepted by Manchin or the White House," an individual who is aware of the discussions told.

The New York Times earlier said that the bill is likely to be removed out of the bill.

The elimination of the clean energy section of the budget will be a huge loss to Biden's climate plan two weeks before Biden travels to a close-knit U.N. world conference on climate at Glasgow, Scotland, likely hampering Biden's negotiations during the summit. While foreign governments praised Biden's decision on his very first morning in office join the Paris climate accord however, many have questioned whether Biden's U.S. leader can follow the rigors of his emissions-cutting targets given the current political obstacles. Biden has committed to cutting U.S. emissions at least in half by 2030 when compared to the levels of 2005 and the climate measures included in the bill to fund the government are crucial to achieve these reductions.

A lobbyist for the environment involved in the discussion says that the CEPP's fall will be "likely but not certain," and is a disappointing decision by Manchin in a statement that reads: "He has a chance to make a difference for his state and for the nation and has chosen not to. There are alternative ways to achieve the goal that will put us on course to cut the carbon footprint by half by 2030."

Manchin has been vocally critical of the plan, saying it's unnecessary since utilities are already making the switch independently. Recently, discussions have focused on whether the senator's support could be earned through abrogating the criteria for the energy sources that would be counted to be "clean" under the CEPP and qualify to receive incentives, which includes natural gas and coal plants equipped that have carbon capture which is a costly technology that captures most emissions of carbon dioxide produced from these plants, allowing it to safely store it.

"We don't comment on the state of our negotiations with the wide array of senators offering views about the Build Back Better agenda," White House spokesman Vedant Patel stated on Saturday. "The White House is laser focused on advancing the president's climate goals and positioning the United States to meet its emission targets in a way that grows domestic industries and good jobs."

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn. A key writer for the proposal, stated in Twitter the plan is "open to different approaches, but I cannot support a bill that won't get us where we need to be on emissions." Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii is another climate hawk. remains optimistic in public and tweets: "We are going to adopt a bold, big climate bill. Keep pushing and don't back up."

Senator. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Chair of the Finance Committee tasked with crafting methods to fund Biden's infrastructure plan, has released an update on the possibility of losing the Clean Energy Payment Program.

"While I strongly support the Clean Energy Payment Program, it's important to note that the overwhelming majority of emissions reductions come from the energy tax overhaul in our Clean Energy for America Act," Wyden declared in part.

Introduced by Senator Wyden in the spring of this year In the spring of this year, the Clean Energy for America Act will reduce the tax benefits for "dirty" fuels and instead offer tax incentives to cleaner, energy-producing sources such as clean electricity, and more. The so-called clean energy does not generate greenhouse gas emissions and is also called renewable energy. It comes made from natural resources or ones that are continually replenished such as the sun's wind and water.

Manchin Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee isn't yet weighed in on whether he'd be a supporter of his committee's Clean Energy for America Act.