‘We Want To Live!’: Climate Activists Confront, Heckle Joe Manchin

Climate activists heckle Joe Manchin. Screenshot. Twitter. @johnpaul_mejia.

Melanie Wilcox Contributor
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Climate activists confronted on Thursday Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, shouting “We want to live” shortly after he reportedly stepped off his yacht in Washington, D.C.


Several activists also held a sign that said “Joe Manchin is burning our future for profit.” The protesters were from the Sunrise Movement and Hunger Strike 4 Climate Justice.

Manchin said on Monday he wanted to understand how President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act would affect the national debt and inflation, and said he will not support the legislation until he has these answers about how it will influence the U.S. economy.

Biden proposed a $555 billion investment in clean energy to combat climate change in the Build Back Better Act. It includes $320 billion for clean energy tax credits, $105 billion to address extreme weather in America, $110 billion in clean energy and supply chains, and $20 billion in government incentives to buy clean energy technology.(RELATED: Here Are All The Green New Deal Handouts Democrats Wedged Into Their $3.5 Trillion Budget)

Biden called the Build Back Better Act the “largest effort to combat climate change in American history.”

Manchin did not respond to the protesters and, instead, kept walking. Activists blocked his exit from the parking lot and demanded answers, according to a video posted by @johnpaul_mejia and another by @Tim_Tweeted.