Leaders of the world’s richest economies spent the last three days wrangling over how to balance the need for new energy supplies and their existing emissions pledges. In the end, they reached a compromise that shows just how much Russia’s war in Ukraine is causing climate action to come to a standstill.
The EPA’s final, revised findings about the risks of exposure to three flame retardants reach the same bottom-line conclusions the agency reached during the Trump administration, but do so using two new policies industries oppose, according to a notice the agency released Tuesday.
Since the US and its allies decided to stop buying Russia’s oil, there’s been little sign that the measure is inflicting the kind of pain that might force President Vladimir Putin to rethink his war in Ukraine. So the US is pushing a new idea: make Russia sell its oil so cheaply that it can no longer afford to wage war at all.