Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who began her political career with the Green Party and who has voiced alarm over the warming planet, wants to cut at least $100 billion from climate programs in major legislation pending on Capitol Hill, according to two people familiar with the matter. A spokesman for Ms. Sinema, John LaBombard, forcefully denied that Ms. Sinema requested the cuts. As Democrats try to slice $1.5 trillion from the overall bill, party leaders have vowed to protect at least two major climate change programs, which together total about $450 billion. But to bring down the cost of the bill, and to appease Ms. Sinema, Democrats still could cut or shrink up to another $200 billion from several other climate programs.
By Coral Davenport. New York Times. October 8, 2021.