- Soaring fuel prices point to the challenge of U.S. transition to clean and renewable energy.
- Joe Biden made fig hting climate change a priority but now embraces oil and gas to ease fuel prices.
- Next few weeks could be crucial for the climate change movement in the U.S.
WASHINGTON – Democrats’ ambitious climate change agenda faced long odds before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine further exposed America’s continued dependence on fossil fuels.
Soaring gas prices, climbing before the war but skyrocketing since, have underscored the challenge of transitioning the nation toward clean and renewable energy.
“With inflation and now with the Ukraine crisis, you’ve started to see some of the energy reality that we’re in,” said Frank Maisano, an energy specialist in Washington. “We really do use internal combustion engines, right? They move the economy.”