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Fossil Fuels Find a Loophole in the Latest G-7 Climate Pledge

  • Agreement leaves the door open for new natural gas investment
  • No coal exit time line may weaken climate resolve before COP28
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The meeting of Group of Seven energy and environment ministers ended Sunday without a deadline to halt new coal investments or the kinds of firm commitments that climate advocates have said are necessary to limit global warming.

In its official communique, the Group of Seven ministers pledged to work toward cleaning emissions from power generation and reducing vehicle emissions by 2035, but it left open the door to new investment in natural gas and ongoing use of fossil fuels.