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Ukraine War's Latest Victim? The Fight Against Climate Change.

By Katrin Bennhold and Jim Tankersley

26 Jun 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Environmentalists expected the war in Ukraine would help expedite the shift to renewable energy. Instead, fossil fuels are having a “wartime resurgence,” The New York Times reports.

BERLIN — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine seemed like an unexpected opportunity for environmentalists, who had struggled to focus the world’s attention on the kind of energy independence that renewable resources can offer. With the West trying to wean itself from Russian oil and gas, the argument for solar and wind power seemed stronger than ever.

But four months into the war, the scramble to replace Russian fossil fuels has triggered the exact opposite. As the heads of the Group of 7 industrialized nations gather in the Bavarian Alps for a meeting that was supposed to cement their commitment to the fight against climate change, fossil fuels are having a wartime resurgence, with the leaders more focused on bringing down the price of oil and gas than immediately reducing their emissions.

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