One four-syllable word has an outsize role in shaping our climate future. Infrastructure. President Biden has proposed an infusion of American gas to help Europe break free of Russian energy dependence. The United States expects to more than double its gas sales to Europe, to 50 billion cubic meters, “until at least 2030.” The proposition is presenting lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic with a crucial question: Will this wartime surge end up creating a new generation of infrastructure that locks Europe into the gas habit for longer? The worry is that, if new gas pipelines and terminals get built, they’ll be used for a long time, making it all but impossible to slow down global warming.
By Somini Sengupta. New York Times. March 25, 2022.
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