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Putin’s War Throws Crucial EU Vote on ‘Green’ Gas Into Doubt

  • Lawmakers will vote on gas, nuclear in EU taxonomy Wednesday
  • Ukraine ambassador to Germany urges EU deputies to block plan
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European lawmakers are under pressure from Ukraine to block plans to treat gas as a green asset, plunging into serious doubt an EU Parliament vote that not long ago seemed set to endorse the proposal.

The vote is set to take place on Wednesday, and was supposed to mark the easy passage of a New Year’s proposal by the European Commission to include gas and nuclear energy in the EU’s so-called green taxonomy. But Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine -- and the energy crisis it fanned -- has upended that process.