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Why Coal Miners Are Pushing Manchin to Pass a Climate Bill

In an interview, an official for the United Mine Workers of America explains why the union wants the senator to reconsider his vote on Build Back Better

Senator Joe Manchin

Senator Joe Manchin

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

President Biden’s ambitions to pass a signature climate and social infrastructure package sustained a major setback last month when Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia — long seen as the swing vote for the bill — said he was pulling his support.

Lots of Democrats, predictably, were outraged, but there were also some unexpected protestors, including the United Mine Workers of America, which counts 8,000 coal miners among its 90,000 members.