A fired-up U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan ripped into climate czar John Kerry, winning a rare vote to spike permitting regulations for major infrastructure projects as a key decision on a climate plan looms.
The measure passed by the U.S. Senate would cut red tape from the permitting process of the White House’s new National Environmental Policy Act — but it still must make it through the House and past President Biden.
But that didn’t stop Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, from winning a 50-47 decision Thursday — with centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., siding with the GOP — to curb the NEPA rules.
Sullivan said the act’s permitting policies drag out projects, killing jobs, and he turned his ire to “elites” who never have to worry about surviving until the next paycheck.
“No one epitomizes this condescending elitist attitude toward American workers than this guy,” Sullivan said as he raised a posterboard with John Kerry front and center with a quote about “better choices” for coal, oil, and natural gas workers in green jobs.
“Sure. Better choices from a guy who flies in a jet, owns a 76-foot yacht, several mansions and has a carbon footprint of a small nation. And he tells American energy workers to go make solar panels when the Biden administration’s regulations are killing their jobs,” Sullivan said in his Senate speech.
Keep the “heritage of these men and women in mind,” he added, “if you care about permitting reform, you should vote yes.”
Fox News recently reported that Kerry’s private family jet emitted over 300 metric tons of carbon since Biden took office.
Kerry, the nation’s climate envoy, is married to Heinz ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry. Who owns what in that marriage is up for debate. As the Herald has reported, Kerry unloaded his yacht Isabel that landed him in hot water.
The Herald reported Kerry dodged a $437,500 state tax bill on the couple’s swanky $7 million sailboat by mooring it in Rhode Island — instead of berthing the vessel in Nantucket, where the senator summers.
This all comes as Kerry continues to avoid Herald Freedom of Information Act requests for details about his office staff and expenditures. It comes as a DC watchdog group — Protect the Public’s Trust — is also suing Kerry over his slow rollout of public documents.
Democrats are also bracing for the possibility of last-minute changes to their climate-and-tax agreement that U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D., Ariz., now says she will vote for, the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press report.
She joins U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D., W.Va., in a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that could raise $739 billion in new revenue and spend $433 billion on climate, energy and health care programs over 10 years, the Journal adds.
Manchin, the AP said Thursday evening, is a key player on energy and climate issues and a swing vote in the closely divided Senate where Vice President Kamala Harris is often the tie-breaker.
The NEPA rules were loosened up under former President Donald Trump.
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