How does a pipeline end up in a debt ceiling bill?
Let’s follow the money:
From Open Secrets: the pipeline’s builder, NextEra, gave $2,812,358 to legislators for the 2021-22 cycle which put them in the top 1% of all donors. Here are the top recipients of their 2022 senatorial political funding:
(Schumer received $302,600 and Manchin received $66,850 in that cycle.)
Reading our local "newspaper": apparently, there is no opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline
Wednesday’s front page headline in the Wheeling Intelligencer:
Lawmakers Praise Deal to Fast-Track Pipeline
MVP Completion A Win in Congress
Neither suggested that there was any opposition to the pipeline. On the other hand, today’s Charleston Gazette-Mail featured a long article that explained how the legislation eliminated judicial review:
And yesterday, the G-M gave space to the pipeline’s critics:
From that article:
Consistent with past legislative proposals from Manchin, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., the Fiscal Responsibility Act would prohibit legal challenges of any federal or state agency authorization for construction and initial operation of the gas pipeline.
“To be clear, this says the rules that apply to every other company don’t apply to MVP,” West Virginia Rivers Coalition Executive Director Angie Rosser said. “It says our people, our waters, are not worthy of equal protection under the law.”
Virginia senator Tim Kaine just moved to remove the pipeline from the debt ceiling bill:
It's interesting that Kaine, who represents another state that will be directly affected by the pipeline, is willing to question the process -- something our representatives are unwilling to do.