Zeus: European election turmoil threatens climate agenda
From Spain to UK to Finland to Brussels, backlash against green transition spreads.
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LONDON (Callaway Climate Insights) — A year after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent shockwaves through European oil and gas markets and catapulted prices across the continent, a backlash against the renewable energy transition has spread to the electorate.
Even as the continent endures its hottest summer on record, with temperatures over 40°C. (104°F.) and wildfire evacuations in the Greek islands this week, left-wing political leaders are being forced to reconsider actions to shift their economies by a rise in protest against perceived costs and any forms of sacrifice.