I think Manchin must believe that he has enough money to not have to experience the worst effects of climate change, but even if he doesn't experience the worst effects, he will experience effects. — Kidus Girma, an organizer with the Sunrise Movement
I think Manchin must believe that he has enough money to not have to experience the worst effects of climate change, but even if he doesn't experience the worst effects, he will experience effects. — Kidus Girma, an organizer with the Sunrise Movement
Climate change protesters abandon 2-week hunger strike and swarm Sen. Joe Manchin's Maserati
  • A group of protesters met Sen. Joe Manchin outside of the Capitol Yacht Club "we want to live."
  • The protesters demanded that lawmakers pass the reconciliation bill in full.
  • Manchin is one of two key holdouts on the bill, which contains climate change solutions.
The day after young climate change protesters from the left-leaning Sunrise Movement ended a two-week hunger strike the group switched tactics.

With a banner that said, "Joe Manchin is burning our future for profit," over 100 protesters gathered at 6 a.m. ET outside of the Capitol Yacht Club where his houseboat (where he lives while in DC) is docked.

The protester's demand during the hunger strike and the confrontation with Manchin? Pass the reconciliation bill — particularly without cuts to measures aimed at addressing the climate crisis.

They also demanded that Manchin be ousted as chairman of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

The protesters confronted him near a parking structure, swarming his Maserati, and some even tried to get to the dock by canoeing through the Potomac but were stopped by security.

... Shortly after the confrontation, Manchin appeared on CNN where he called the Senate "a hostile working environment."


Kidus Girma, a 26-year-old organizer with the Sunrise Movement who came from Dallas to participate in the two-week hunger strike, described Manchin as "someone who's made millions of dollars off of coal money."

Manchin accrued $500,000 in 2020 in stock dividends from his son's coal company, Enersystems, which Manchin himself founded in 1998, Insider previously reported, and in which he holds an estimated $5 million stake, according to the Guardian and Center for Media and Democracy.

... "I think Manchin must believe that he has enough money to not have to experience the worst effects of climate change, but even if he doesn't experience the worst effects, he will experience effects," Girma said.

... This is not the Sunrise Movement's first radical action. They have previously occupied government offices in protest and are vocal proponents of the Green New Deal.

Their mission is to relay the urgency of climate change. According to the United Nations Environment Programme website, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by approximately 50% by 2030 "to prevent extreme climate change, biodiversity loss and to curb pollution and waste."
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