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Germany’s Climate Envoy Breaks With Scholz Over G-7's Gas Funding

The environmentalist-turned-diplomat said the group hasn’t made it clear what kind of fossil fuel projects it’s willing to finance.

Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer Morgan

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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As host of the Group of Seven this year, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pushed his counterparts to agree on a deal that opens the door for new gas investments. But his climate envoy, Jennifer Morgan, wasn’t impressed.

At the summit in Bavaria on Tuesday, leaders signed a communique that would allow the most developed countries to support some overseas investment in new gas projects — weakening a commitment to stop that financing by the end of this year. The final language was designed to secure energy supplies threatened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, without compromising their climate goals.