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The planet is burning, and we’re running out of time to douse the fire. Unfortunately, American efforts to intervene look pretty dead. Who’s responsible for this failure?

Catherine Rampell / Washington Post
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post

Much of the left is keen to blame Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.. Which is understandable. Manchin has rejected every iteration of Democrats’ safety-net-and-climate bill, even though the most recent, slimmed-down proposal met his deficit-cutting demands and might have even modestly reduced pricing pressures. Some of Manchin’s Democratic colleagues suggest he deliberately “sabotaged” the party’s climate agenda because of his longtime ties to the fossil-fuel industry.

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