Ro Khanna is taking a victory lap

8/10/2022 2:13:00 PM

Khanna spoke to SFGATE about the Inflation Reduction Act, his recent defense of Nancy...

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Khanna spoke to SFGATE about the Inflation Reduction Act , his recent defense of Nancy Pelosi 's trip to Taiwan and more.

Khanna spoke to SFGATE about the Inflation Reduction Act , his recent defense of Nancy...

Khanna:SFGATE: So the turning point was once you learned Manchin was quietly talking to Schumer? It wasn'tYes, that’s when it became clear to me. Manchin and Schumer have been talking for a couple months, I can't remember the specific date. I'll say that when Chuck Schumer puts his mind to something, it usually gets done. He's one of the most underrated figures in American politics.

Climate and climate. And by that I mean the biggest thing is $369 billion in tax credits for clean energy. So tax credits for solar, wind, nuclear that will last over 10 years. We have provisions to encourage domestic manufacturing, where firms get a bonus for making things in the U.S. We're nowhere near what China is doing in manufacturing, they make 70% of world’s solar panels.

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highly scrutinized trip to Taiwan, and more."I would expect this of the previous administration, but not this one.America needs a ‘long-term’ energy independence strategy: Rep.I took a bite of my har gow and reflexively said the same thing.

The interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. SFGATE: You’ve been talking to Manchin for months on climate, but a deal was far from certain.S. Can you pinpoint one moment in this process you'd call a turning point where it became clear there was going to be a deal? Khanna: I’ve been talking to him for almost a year., discusses Biden’s China strategy, saying America should not be exporting oil to foreign countries right now, on ‘Sunday Morning Futures. He called me on New Year's Day and said he was still committed to funding for innovation in clean technology, he just didn’t like some of the other provisions in Build Back Better. Ro Khanna on Monday called out the Biden administration for not participating in an upcoming congressional hearing about leaded aviation fuel harming human health and the environment. I always felt it could happen because he always signaled he was open to going big on climate. Charles Russo/SFGATE.

I was part of his bipartisan talks with Republican senators, and once those fell apart I was concerned." Khanna (D-Calif. Rep. It was when I learned he was talking to Chuck Schumer I thought it'd get done. Manchin called me during those talks and said he and Schumer were fighting like brothers, but something would get done. Along with announcing the event, Khanna sent a letter to U. I think it really meant something to Manchin when I told him,"If you put up something big on climate, House progressives will get behind it.S." SFGATE: So the turning point was once you learned Manchin was quietly talking to Schumer? It wasn't ? Khanna: Yes, that’s when it became clear to me. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Billy Nolen expressing his frustration that neither agency will be represented.

Manchin and Schumer have been talking for a couple months, I can't remember the specific date. I'll say that when Chuck Schumer puts his mind to something, it usually gets done. This option was rejected. should not be from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve except to European allies. He's one of the most underrated figures in American politics. SFGATE: I think a lot of people have seen Build Back Better go through so many iterations they’ve lost track of what’s in it."Unfortunately, both your agencies are flatly refusing to cooperate in any way with this hearing that is going forward next Thursday. Explain briefly, for someone who is not a policy wonk and just now tuning in, the one or two items you think are the most groundbreaking, and then one to two items that are not in the bill you think are the highest priority for you going forward. "If we had an industrialization policy, if we made more things in America, we would lower costs.

Khanna: Climate and climate." "In fact, there he will speak about the agency's efforts to move safely to unleaded avgas," the statement added. And by that I mean the biggest thing is $369 billion in tax credits for clean energy. So tax credits for solar, wind, nuclear that will last over 10 years." The FAA also said that"where a child lives, the color of their skin, or their economic status should not determine the quality of air they breathe. We have provisions to encourage domestic manufacturing, where firms get a bonus for making things in the U.S." The subcommittee's.

We're nowhere near what China is doing in manufacturing, they make 70% of world’s solar panels. What we still need is new steel plants in factory towns, we need more investment in reinvigorating factories and boosting industry in small towns across America that have been deindustrialized. But this bill is absolutely to be celebrated; it’s the boldest climate investment in history, but it's best seen as a down payment. It's maybe 20% of what we need to do. SFGATE: What are the most important things for people in California, the Bay Area, or your Silicon Valley district to know about the bill? Khanna: The clean energy tax credit by far.

If you produce things that are zero-emission, you get a massive tax credit of 30%. That will continue for many years until emissions are 75% below 2021 levels. That means that for this decade, people can be confident that if they're producing solar, wind, electrical vehicles, any new technology with zero emissions, you get the tax credit. There's also allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drugs prices, which is something we as Democrats campaign on all the time. That's finally done and a really big deal.

SFGATE: Let’s switch gears and talk a bit about your defense of Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip. There was a Reuters report that China is now going to conduct regular drills east of the Taiwan Strait median line because of the visit. I understand the argument that the Chinese Communist Party shouldn’t get to determine which trips our lawmakers can and cannot take, but what exactly does the U.S. gain from this particular visit? Khanna: I want peace, but the most important aspect of our relationship with China is the need to rebalance production.

If you have trade imbalances, that's going to lead to friction. Rebalancing production will help bring world stability. I don’t think the speaker going to Taiwan — as long as she’s saying we believe in the One China policy — should be seen as trying to provoke a new Cold War with China. I think we have to recognize the One China policy, but that has to be on two fundamental fronts: one is an emphasis on the need to rebalance production, the other is an understanding that we will speak out on human rights abuses. SFGATE: How does Pelosi visiting Taiwan help with the rebalancing of production? Top Picks In Shopping .