War in Ukraine complicates war on climate change

Russia Ukraine War Washington Economy
Prices for a gallon of gasoline are posted on the sign of an Exxon gas station on March 7 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington.
Alex Brandon | AP Photo file

A ban on Russian oil, which accounted for about 10 percent of the global supply, has caused the price of oil to climb, leading to pain at the pump, volatile financial markets and a call for increased oil production outside of Russia. 

Those calls come at a time when scientists say our window to reduce emissions from oil and other energy sources is rapidly closing shut. Can world leaders shore up oil supplies while making progress on climate change?

“What we’re hearing is governments focusing very urgently on this short term need, but they’re also being clear that this is going to happen at the same time as a longer term transition to clean energy,” said Lisa Friedman, a reporter on the New York Times climate desk.

Friedman joined Climate Cast this week. Click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast to hear the episode.

Create a More Connected Minnesota

MPR News is your trusted resource for the news you need. With your support, MPR News brings accessible, courageous journalism and authentic conversation to everyone - free of paywalls and barriers. Your gift makes a difference.