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Why aren’t we using the global gas crisis to go green?

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04 April 2022, North Rhine-Westphalia, Jackerath: Wind turbines stand at the Garzweiler opencast lignite mine, with the Neurath lignite-fired power plant in the background. Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will present a comprehensive overview of how man-made climate change can be limited. The report reflects the current state of research on what measures are necessary and effective to curb global warming and avert climate catastrophe. Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa (Photo by Federico Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden is releasing 1 million barrels daily from U.S. oil reserves in hope of staving off gasoline inflation. Germany and other European nations continue to buy natural gas and oil from Russia, effectively undermining the pain of war sanctions.

The stresses surrounding the global petroleum market should be hastening governments to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels, says Jennie C. Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Northeastern. And yet the world seems to be doubling-down on oil and gas in the short term in defiance of a disturbing report issued by the United Nations climate science panel Monday.

Greenhouse gas emissions must peak before 2025 to avoid the worst outcomes of climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

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