Ukraine war turns agenda in Congress, empowering Center
For Democrats, the change in priorities has been the price. Taking his cue from the environmental wing of his party, Mr Biden hoped to move the United States away from fossil fuels, blocking new leases for oil and gas exploration on federal lands, large tracts of sea and land. Opened the regions to wind and solar development, and pushed forward an ambitious timetable to move the country toward electric cars and trucks.
Now, the fossil fuel industry is on the rise. More mainstream Democrats are using the language of Republicans, talking about an “all of the above” energy strategy that includes renewable fuels and oil and gas. Natural gas is touted again as the “bridge” fuel of clean energy, not the enemy of the planet.
“Some of my colleagues are making a wrong choice,” said Representative Josh Gotheimer of New Jersey, a leading voice of centrist Democrats. “You can be for alternative energy and energy independence with aggressive long-term goals, and for fully exploiting our domestic energy resources.”
In private gatherings of House Democrats, Mr Malinowski said, some lawmakers still speak out against the extraction of any fossil fuels, “but they are not really a powerful voice in our meetings.”
Republicans have other course reforms to contend with. Conservatives such as Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, have indicated they want to revive the investigation into Hunter Biden and the lucrative seat that once was on the board of the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings. With such an investigation will come allegations of rampant corruption in Ukraine and baseless allegations that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in 2016 US elections.
But Ukraine is not the political target it once was. In a September 2019 poll by YouGov, 36 percent of registered voters in the United States were not sure whether Ukraine was friendly or unfriendly. Only 41 percent said the nation benevolent or ally. In a new YouGov poll, 81 percent of American voters said Ukraine was either friendly or ally, a number that rivaled or surpassed longtime US partners such as France and Japan.
Ms Jayapal warned that dredging Burisma would allow Democrats to remind the nation that every Republican except Senator Mitt Romney of Utah punished Mr Trump for insulting and reinforcing Mr Zelensky for his personal political gains. Voted to allow And Mr. Cole advised against such an approach.
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