West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says Democratic leaders have agreed to consider permitting reforms to complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline. That’s nice of them. Alas, these mooted reforms even if enacted won’t help much since the Democratic Party’s green allies will continue their legal warfare.
Mr. Manchin on Monday released a summary of environmental permitting changes that he’s proposed in return for his vote for the Schumer-Manchin bill. Count us skeptical that Democrats will back any substantive reforms that could ease fossil-fuel development, but even those on the table seem to be small beer.