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After a year of impasses and impassioned pleas, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has given his blessing to budgetary legislation that would be the largest climate investment in U.S. history.

The nation’s dearth of past legislation to combat climate change makes that a low bar to clear, but many climate advocates see Manchin’s new support as a crucial step toward reining in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and incentivizing an accelerated transition toward cleaner energy.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or mtony@hdmedia

llc.com. Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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