As the election approaches, we expect significant overlap in climate and political headlines as candidates leverage polarizing views on climate spending and energy security to sway voters. Whether or not these headlines will evolve as true climate advocacy or mere political gamesmanship, however, remains to be seen. President Biden’s surprise announcement to pause new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project permits falls into this camp, as natural gas’ cleaner emissions profile (relative to coal) and better reliability (relative to renewables) is being contested due to its high methane emissions. This month, we explore this topic in more detail as well as trends in sustainable investment funds, data center growth in Europe, and negative consequences associated with inadequate governance.
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