U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) did something unexpected and very encouraging earlier this week: they met with a leading Beltway publication to discuss a middle ground on climate change action, then planned a joint floor appearance that could be “followed, perhaps, by some eventual legislation,” Politico reports. Whitehouse has delivered 71 Senate speeches on the climate crisis; Manchin represents a state at the centre of the U.S. coal industry. “Our commonality is that I have said many, many times over that I believe seven billion people have had an impact on the climate,” Manchin said. “We don’t have to agree on everything in order to come together and work on something that we agree is a real problem,” Whitehouse added. “In fact, it’s that we don’t agree on everything that makes coming together and working on this problem so important.”
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